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Melody Rose, Chancellor, OUS

Dr. Melody Rose

Dr. Melody Rose began as Interim Chancellor with the Oregon University System in March 2013. Prior to that she served as Vice Chancellor for Academic Strategies with the OUS, beginning on August 1, 2012. As Chancellor, Dr. Rose is responsible for ensuring support for and carrying out the many initiatives related to the directives of the OSBHE and the Board’s vision for higher education in the state; leading the biennial operating and capital budget process, including presenting proposals to the Legislature; facilitating campuses’ efforts to achieve their educational missions and overall System goals; overseeing the overall administration, operations, and employees of the Chancellor’s Office; creating partnerships among OUS campuses, community colleges and K-12 institutions; and working closely with the Oregon Legislature, the Governor, and other constituencies for support and investment in higher education

In her previous role as Vice Chancellor, Dr. Rose led and implemented strategic planning for the System; prepared academic policies and developed initiatives to address critical program needs; supported PK-20 alignment; provided leadership for student success initiatives; fostered public-private partnerships in engineering and computer science and K-12 pre-college programming; enhanced partnerships with business organizations; oversaw the System’s institutional research; designed and maintained the System’s performance measurement framework and oversaw its achievement compacts with the Oregon Education Investment Board; served as co-chair of the OUS Provosts’ Council; and served as a member of the Chancellor’s executive cabinet, among other duties.

Previous to joining OUS, Dr. Rose worked from 1995 to 2012 in numerous positions of increasing responsibility at Portland State University (PSU). Dr. Rose served as vice provost for Academic Programs and Instruction at PSU, where she was 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, and 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 2010 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 recently published book is Women and Executive Office: Pathways and Performance (2013). 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.” Her fourth book, Executive Women:  Pathways and Performance, was published in time for the 2012 American elections.  She is a frequent presenter of papers at professional meetings in the areas of political campaigns and gender. 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 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 and offering the keynote speech at the Oregon Women in Higher Education conference in 2012 and serving as a delegate and distinguished panelist of the Vision 2020 Third National Congress in 2013. Rose’s academic degrees include a Bachelor’s degree in Politics from the University of California at Santa Cruz (Phi Beta Kappa); a Master’s degree in Public Administration, a Master’s in Government, and a Ph.D. in Government from Cornell University.