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Dixie Lund Recommended as Interim President of Eastern Oregon University

Contact: Di Saunders – Office, 503-725-5714; Cell, 503-219-6869

July 16, 2007, PORTLAND – Oregon University System Chancellor, George Pernsteiner, today announced that he is recommending to the State Board of Higher Education that Dr. Dixie L. Lund be named interim president of Eastern Oregon University. A well known and respected former interim president, dean, and faculty member at EOU, Lund will be coming out of retirement to serve as interim president, beginning on August 1. The Board will be meeting later this week and is expected to approve the Chancellor’s recommendation.

When the appointment is approved, Lund will succeed Dr. Khosrow Fatemi, who announced his resignation last week to accept the position as special assistant to the Chancellor beginning on August 1. A long-time presence at EOU, Lund previously served as interim president for a year beginning in June 2003 after the departure of former EOU president Dr. Philip Creighton. Lund served for a decade as dean in EOU’s Division of Distance Education, and held several other positions at EOU during her 30+ year tenure at the institution. Her interim appointment is expected to last until a search process for a new president is completed, likely sometime in 2008, according to Henry Lorenzen, president of the State Board of Higher Education.

"We are very excited about Dr. Lund taking this leadership role at Eastern,” said Henry Lorenzen, president of the State Board of Higher Education. “Her history of sound, determined leadership, her belief in the potential of Eastern, and her knowledge of its student, faculty and staff needs make her a natural choice to help the campus meet its academic and other goals. Eastern Oregon University has a history as a strong, student-focused institution that has served this region well for decades. The Board, the Chancellor, and Dr. Lund are fully committed to helping Eastern regain its financial stability, and invest resources in understanding enrollment issues and reaching out to students and families.”

Dr. Lund will be joined by Lorenzen and Pernsteiner next week as they hold campus community meetings on Monday and Tuesday, July 23 and 24.

"I am honored and proud to return to Eastern and help to move the university forward in its mission to serve the regional and state higher education needs of students,” said Lund. “As a La Grande resident and long-time EOU veteran, I still feel connected in so many ways to the heart and soul of the campus and its community of students, faculty and staff. I care deeply about its success and sustainability,” Lund added. “EOU continues to provide a wonderful opportunity for students in eastern Oregon and other parts of the state to gain a higher education and pursue their life and career goals. I will work with the campus community to push ahead on meeting our institutional goals and ensure that we are broadening access and opportunity for students of all ages to make their college dreams a reality.”

As Dean of the Division of Distance Education, Lund was instrumental in expanding EOU’s on-line and remote education programs across the entire state. Currently, EOU has statewide offices in 18 cities and towns. Under Lund’s leadership, Oregonians living in remote areas of the state gained access to higher education degree programs, which in the past had only been available by attending a “traditional” campus.

Lund came to EOU as an instructor in the Division of Social Science and Business in 1973, having also obtained her B.S. in Secondary Business Education there that same year. Lund went on to obtain an Ed.M. in Adult Education from Oregon State University in 1984, and her Ed.D. in Postsecondary Educational Leadership from Portland State University in 1989. During her tenure at EOU, Lund held various teaching and coordinator positions in business, humanities, general studies, and distance learning. In 1994 she was named dean of EOU’s Division of Distance Education, and grew on-line education for the university to the point where it is a model in Oregon and in other states that contend with remote, rural access to higher education.
Active in the local La Grande community, Lund also received the EOU Woman of Courage and Vision Award, and in 2002 received the Oregon Women in Higher Education Service Award. Dr. Lund lives in La Grande with her husband of 38 years, Ed Lund, and has two adult children who also live in Oregon.

Electronic photo of Dixie Lund available on request: 503-725-5702

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