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Chancellor Announces Search Committee for OIT President

Di Saunders – Cell: 971-219-6869 (today and over weekend); Office: 503-725-5714

PORTLAND, January 4, 2008 – George Pernsteiner, Chancellor of the Oregon University System, today announced the Search Committee for the Oregon Institute of Technology president. The new president will replace Martha Anne Dow, who passed away in September 2007 after a six month battle with breast cancer, and who led OIT as president for 9 years. OIT provost David Woodall has been serving in the role as acting president since late spring of 2007.

The Search Committee will be chaired by Board of Higher Education member Paul Kelly of Portland, and will include the following members from OIT: Robert Bass, assistant professor, Electronics and Engineering Technology (OIT Portland East);  Karlene Christensen, counseling and testing services center (representing classified staff); John Dey, member, OIT Presidential Advisory Council; Christine Frazier, president of the Associated Students of OIT; Mike Hallgrimson, president, OIT Presidential Advisory Council; Gary Johnston, president, Oregon Tech Foundation; Marla Miller, associate professor of management; and Gary Zimmerman, professor of medical imaging technology. Representing the community on the OIT Search Committee is: Scott Blower, Alumni president; Lesley Hallick, provost, Oregon Health and Science University; Margie Lowe, education policy advisor, the Governor’s Office. Representing the OUS President’s Council will be John Minahan, President, Western Oregon University. Board of Higher Education secretary Marcia Stuart will be the staff coordinator and liaison for the Search Committee.

The Committee will begin their search process for a new president immediately, working with a national search firm, with a goal of assisting the Chancellor in his recommendation of a new president sometime in the summer of 2008.

Paul Kelly said, “This is a strong, diverse search committee who understand well OIT’s needs, opportunities and mission, and the role it plays in its communities, and in our higher education system as a whole. The committee will engage in extensive outreach during the search process, ensuring that candidates connect with faculty, staff, students and OIT’s many constituents. We look forward to our important role in finding a new OIT president who has leadership skills and vision to actively engage with students and faculty, continue to move forward with the exciting plans for the Martha Anne Dow Center for Health Professions, and work collaboratively to positively affect the university and the broader community.”

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