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Portland, OR, July 12, 2012 – George Pernsteiner, chancellor of the Oregon University System (OUS), is pleased to announce that Dr. Melody Rose, current vice provost for Academic Programs and Instruction and dean of Undergraduate Studies at Portland State University, has accepted the position of vice chancellor for academic strategies with the Oregon University System. Dr. Rose, who will join the OUS on August 1, was appointed after an extensive national search and is succeeding Sona Andrews, who was recently appointed as provost at PSU.

Chancellor Pernsteiner said, “We are excited about Dr. Rose joining the OUS and leading the System’s academic policy and initiative development and implementation. She has a very broad set of skills in the areas of student instruction, faculty support, online learning, program development, and assessment.  She developed and ran a major policy center for many years. Besides being well known as a scholar in the area of women and the political experience, Dr. Rose has a national reputation for being a change-agent, collaborator and convener. It is an exciting time of reform and change in higher education and we know that Dr. Rose will be a major contributor to ensuring greater levels of student success, and advancing the state’s 40-40-20 goal to increase educational attainment. We welcome her to the University System.”

Pernsteiner added, “On behalf of the State Board of Higher Education and the System, I extend my thanks to the Search Committee for their diligent work in identifying high quality candidates, and for the time they spent to ensure such a wonderful outcome.”

Dr. Rose’s portfolio of responsibilities for the OUS will be broad and include leading and implementing strategic planning for the System in collaboration with the State Board of Higher Education; preparing academic policies for the Board and developing initiatives to address critical program needs; supporting PK-20 alignment focused on student preparation for and success in college; providing leadership for student success initiatives which increase access, affordability, retention and graduation rates; fostering public-private partnerships in engineering and computer science and K-12 pre-college programming; enhancing partnerships with business organizations; overseeing the System’s institutional research and analytical work; designing and maintaining the System’s performance measurement framework and overseeing its achievement compacts with the Oregon Education Investment Board; serving as co-chair of the OUS Provosts’ Council; and serving as an integral member of the Chancellor’s executive cabinet, among other duties.

“I’m looking forward to translating the work I’ve done at the university level to helping the Oregon University System advance its policy and practice for the benefit of all Oregon’s students,” said Melody Rose. “It will be great to approach issues from a statewide perspective and to work collaboratively across all of the education sectors, PK to 20, to ensure that the pillars of our higher education system – access, affordability, degree completion, excellence and research – take us into a future of success for our state.”

Dr. Rose has worked in numerous positions of increasing responsibility at PSU since 1995. In her current position as vice provost for Academic Programs and Instruction, Rose is responsible for accreditation and assessment, and all matters related to undergraduate and graduate student curricula and instruction, as well as managing a budget of $15 million. Areas that she is responsible for include PSU’s nationally recognized Universities Studies program, the Honors Program, McNair Scholars and Army Gold programs, On-line Learning, and the Center for Academic Excellence. She was also the founder and first director of New Leadership Oregon/Center for Women, Politics & Policy at PSU from 2004-2011 where she developed program partnerships with dozens of nonprofit, educational, corporate, and governmental organizations, raising $1 million to advance the organization’s mission and work. Other positions held at PSU include special assistant to the President in 2009 where she worked on governance, legislative and public affairs issues.  She is a tenured professor of Political Science, where she has served in faculty positions since 1995, including chair of the Division of Political Science.

As a faculty leader, Dr. Rose has authored a number of award-winning books, articles, and chapters on the presidency, social policy, women and politics, and election campaigns. Her 2009 book, Hillary Clinton’s Race for the White House: Gender Politics and the Media on the Campaign Trail, was the winner of the Carrie Chapman Catt Prize - Honorable Mention. Her most recent, soon-to-be published book is, Women and Executive Office: Pathways and Performance. Rose has also contributed over the years numerous book chapters and reviews, articles, and publications including more recently, “The ’08 Real Fight: Clinton vs. Palin”; “Oregon in the Nation and the World,” and “She Flies with Her Own Wings: An Assessment of Second Wave Feminism in Oregon.” She is a frequent presenter of papers at professional meetings in the areas of political campaigns, gender, and women’s reproductive choices. Honors and awards received by Dr. Rose include the 2011 Joel Palmer Award Honorable Mention from the Oregon Historical Quarterly; the 2010 Women of Distinction Award from the Oregon Governor Women’s Commission; and the 2008 PSU Alumni Association’s Distinguished Faculty award for excellence in research, teaching and community engagement.

Dr. Rose is active in community outreach with many organizations, including serving as president of the City Club of Portland in 2011-12; keynote speaker at the Oregon Women in Higher Education conference in 2012; a featured guest on WBEZ Chicago’s World View program in 2011; and keynote speaker at the University Club Foundation Annual Awards Dinner in 2010.

Rose’s academic degrees include a Bachelor’s degree in Politics from the University of California at Santa Cruz; a Master’s degree in Public Administration, a Master’s in Government, and a Ph.D. in Government from Cornell University.

Oregon University System (OUS) comprises seven distinguished public universities and one branch campus, reaching more than one million people each year through on-campus classes, statewide public services and lifelong learning. The Oregon State Board of Higher Education, the statutory governing board of OUS, is composed of fifteen members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon State Senate. For additional information, go to