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Board of Higher Ed Approves Dixie Lund as EOU Interim President

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

July 19, 2007, PORTLAND – The Oregon State Board of Higher Education yesterday afternoon voted unanimously to approve the Chancellor’s recommendation to appoint Dixie Lund as 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.

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.

Dr. Lund will be joined by Lorenzen and George Pernsteiner, OUS chancellor, on Monday and Tuesday, July 23 and 24 for a series of campus and community meetings.

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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