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EOU Professor and SOU Student Confirmed

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EOU Professor and SOU Student Confirmed
to State Board of Higher Education

PORTLAND, February 18, 2007 – Governor Kulongoski’s State Board of Higher Education appointments of Eastern Oregon University associate professor Rosemary Powers, and Southern Oregon University student Brian Fox, were confirmed last week by the Oregon State Senate, and are effective today. Powers will fill a new faculty position on the Board for a 2-year term, and Fox will serve a 2-year term, replacing Board member Adriana Mendoza, an MBA student at EOU who has served on the Board since 2004.

Kirby Dyess, president of the Board, said, “We are very excited about Dr. Powers and Brian Fox joining us on the Board. Their strong backgrounds, passion for higher education, and deep involvement in issues affecting students and society will make them great additions to the Board. We’re looking forward to their expertise and their important voices and contributions to higher education in Oregon.”

Dr. Rosemary Powers has served as associate professor of Sociology at EOU since 2003 and as assistant professor in the same area from 1998 to 2003. Her major areas of research include education, gender and sexuality, culture, and religion. Dr. Powers has several published works and has presented scholarly papers at numerous conferences nationally. She was received many fellowships and awards, including a Social Science Research Council Fellowship, and the Women of Courage and Vision Award from EOU. Prior to her joining EOU, Powers was an instructor in the department of Sociology at the University of California – Davis from 1994 to 1997, coordinator of teaching assistants there from 1992 to 1994. Dr. Powers earned both her Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology from UC-Davis, an M.A. in Values from the San Francisco Theological Seminary, and a B.A. in Theology and Liberal Arts from the University of San Francisco.

“I am very honored to have been appointed by Governor Kulongoski and to serve in this new regional faculty position on the Board,” said Powers. “I am committed to provide all citizens of Oregon with the opportunity to pursue a college or university degree, and will bring a willingness to work towards practical solutions through a collaborative and transparent process. In past years I have been troubled by the disinvestments in public higher education as a ‘public good’ in Oregon and am pleased that the last legislative session began to reverse this trend through increased funding of all levels of education. This makes me hopeful.”

Brian Fox is a sophomore at Southern Oregon University where he is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Economics, and a Certificate of Advanced Finance and Economics. He is currently the Associated Students of SOU Senate president, where he works to empower students, amplify their voice on campus, in their communities and throughout the state, as well as develop future student leaders. Fox has worked with the Oregon Student Association and the United States Student Association on issues of tuition and funding, as well as equity and access to postsecondary education. Additionally, he has worked extensively with the student fee process as a committee chair in the Senate appeals process, and is working with student leaders to develop a more responsive and just process that will ensure due diligence, fiscal responsibility with student fees, and a more student-friendly and accessible process. Fox is a 2006 graduate of Cottage Grove High School, where he worked on developing an effective pyramid of interventions for struggling students.

“Higher education in this state is the key to opening the door for Oregon students to living wage jobs as well as to a stable, prosperous, and sustainable economy in the 21st century,” said Fox. “I look forward to working with my fellow Board of Higher Education members on issues of long-term planning and policy development, particularly those that focus on education quality and student retention.”

The Oregon State Board of Higher Education, the statutory governing board of OUS, is composed of twelve members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon State Senate. For additional information, go to www.ous.edu

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