September 20, 1999
Contact: Bob Bruce, 503-725-5714
Source: Katy Coba, Governor's Office, 503-378-3123
Three Nominated for State Board of Higher Education
SALEM - Governor John Kitzhaber has nominated two top Oregon executives and a Keizer collegian to vacancies on
the State Board of Higher Education, and has reappointed current president Tom Imeson to a second four-year term.
The new nominees are Leslie Lehmann, Portland, Bill Williams, Medford, and Shawn Hempel, Keizer. Subject to confirmation
by the Oregon Senate, all are expected to begin their respective appointments later this fall.
Lehmann and Williams will fill four-year terms expiring in 2003. Hempel will fill a two-year term that runs through
June 30, 2001.
Both Lehmann and Williams are well-known Oregon executives.
Lehmann is the executive director of the Oregon Forest Resources Institute, a state agency created to provide education
on state forests and forest products.Before joining OFRI, Lehmann served as vice president of government and public affairs at
NERCO, Inc., a subsidiary of PacifiCorp and as a state Executive Department manager under Governors Tom McCall
and Bob Straub.
A former Woodrow Wilson scholar and member of Phi Beta Kappa, Lehmann holds a bachelor's degree from Scripps College,
Claremont, Calif., a secondary teaching certificate from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a master's
degree from the University of Oregon, Eugene. She has taught on the college level at Willamette University and
Chemeketa Community College, both in Salem.
She currently serves as vice chair of the Portland Baroque Orchestra and is a past chair of the Franciscan Montessori
Earth School/St. Francis Academy Advisory Board, Portland.
Williams is president and chief executive of the Bear Creek Corp., Medford, and is a member of the board of directors
of the Shaklee Corporation, which owns Bear Creek.He served as senior vice president of Neiman Marcus
in Dallas, Texas, before assuming his present position in 1988.
Active in civic and community affairs, he is a member of the Oregon Business Council, the Board of Directors of
Oregon Trout, and serves on the Oregon Economic Development Commission and the Oregon International Trade Commission.
He has also served on the Oregon Vote-By-Mail Citizens Commission and the Governor's Task Force on Higher Education
and the Economy. Williams holds a bachelor's degree from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater.
Hempel is a student at the Oregon Institute of Technology, Klamath Falls, majoring in software engineering technology.He
serves as vice president of the Associated Students of OIT, is a member of the College Union Commission and president
and community service chairman for the OIT chapter of Phi Delta Theta fraternity.
The new nominees will replace Diane Christopher of Medford, Gail McAllister of Burns and student member Katie Van
Patten of Eugene.
The State Board of Higher Education serves as the governing board of the Oregon University System. OUS campuses
include Eastern Oregon University, La Grande; Oregon Institute of Technology, Klamath Falls; Oregon State University,
Corvallis; Portland State University; Southern Oregon University, Ashland; the University of Oregon, Eugene; and
Western Oregon University, Monmouth.