April 16, 1999            

Contact: Bob Bruce, 503-725-5714

Eastern Oregon University to Honor Senator Gordon Smith

MONMOUTH - Eastern Oregon University will present its first honorary doctoral degree to U.S. Senator Gordon Smith of Pendleton during its June commencement.

Approval for conferral of the honorary degree was given Friday by the Oregon State Board of Higher Education, meeting in here.

Sen. Smith, who was born in Pendleton and served as president of the Oregon Senate before earning election to the U.S. Senate, will be honored for his public service to Oregon and the nation.

In other actions Friday, the State Board:

-    Approved an exchange of forestlands for Oregon State University. The university will swap a four-acre parcel of donated land in Clackamas County for an adjoining parcel of similar size to provide for an access road into the area. The road will allow a larger parcel of donated late to be used as a teaching and demonstration forest by the OSU College of Forestry.
-    Authorized Portland State University to award two new masters degrees in conflict resolution and writing, and the University of Oregon to offer a new bachelor's degree in environmental science and two certifications in global management and second language acquisition and teaching, and
-    Adopted minor bylaws changes dealing with actions of the executive committee, order of business at meetings, and public appearances before the board. One change will allow the Executive Committee to act for the full board for any matter where a timely response is required before the next board meeting. A second change allows the president to determine the order of business at meetings. The other change simply inserts a reference to policy language as required by the Oregon Revised Statutes.




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