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PORTLAND, December 6, 2013 – The Oregon State Board of Higher Education (the “Board”) and the Office of the Chancellor are pleased to announce that Ellen Holland, chief risk officer for the Oregon University System, was honored by the University Risk Management & Insurance Association with the 2013 Distinguished Risk Manager (DRM) award. Ms. Holland was commended for her leadership, dedication, and service to the profession of higher education risk management.

Ellen has served in higher education risk management for 22 years. Originally from Clinton, Indiana, she began her career at Georgetown University, then moved to the University of Denver where she served as director of risk management for 12 years. She joined the Oregon University System in 2012, where she started the first strategic enterprise risk management program for the state's seven public higher education campuses and transformed the way they manage risk.  Ellen has a BS Agricultural Economics from Purdue University and her MS Finance degree from the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business. 

The Distinguished Risk Manager award has been in practice since 1989, and is named as one of the highest honors given by the association. This year, two professionals were awarded, Ms. Holland and Paul D. Pousson of the University of Texas. The Association’s announcement on the award can be found here. The University Risk Management and Insurance Association is an international nonprofit educational association serving colleges and universities.

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