May 13, 2002

Contact: Bob Bruce, 503-725-5714

Chancellor's Search Names Three Finalists

EUGENE - Finalists to become the new chancellor of the Oregon University System were announced today by the Oregon State Board of Higher Education.

The three finalists are: Dr. Warren H. Fox, executive director of the California Postsecondary Education Commission; Dr. Peter S. Hoff, president, University of Maine; and Dr. Richard S. Jarvis, chancellor, United States Open University.

All will be interviewed during individually scheduled visits to Oregon during the week of May 13. The interviews will include meetings with faculty, staff, students and administrators of Oregon's seven public universities and OUS senior staff.

Officials hope to appoint a new chancellor for OUS by the end of May to replace Joe Cox, who is stepping down from the position. Cox has said he will remain in the post until his successor is in place.

"We're pleased to be able to bring such an experienced group of finalists to the Board for interview," said Jim Willis, chair of the State Board's search committee. "All are distinguished educators and highly-qualified administrators who have demonstrated exceptional strength of vision and ability to lead our state's public university system into the future."

Fox has served as the head of the California's statewide agency for higher education since 1991. He previously served as vice chancellor for academic affairs of the University and College System of Nevada, and as a political science faculty member and associate dean of the College of Arts and Science at the University of Nevada, Reno.

He is a commissioner of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education and a past chair of The National Postsecondary Education Cooperative. He earned his B.A. degree in political science from the University of California at Berkeley, M.P.A. and Ph.D. degrees in public administration from the University of Southern California.

Hoff has headed Maine's flagship, land grant/sea grant university since 1997. He previously held positions as senior vice chancellor for academic affairs, California State University System; vice chancellor for academic affairs, University System of Georgia; vice chancellor for academic affairs, Indiana University Southeast; and as a chair, administrator and associate dean of faculty with the University of Wisconsin System.

Hoff completed his B.A., with honors, in English at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University.

Jarvis joined the innovative, online U.S. Open University in 1999 after serving five years as the chancellor of the University and Community College System of Nevada. He has also held posts as acting provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs and vice provost for academic programs and research, State University of New York System; vice president for academic affairs, State University of New York at Fredonia; and assistant to the president, associate dean and director at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Both his B.A. and Ph.D. degrees in geography are from Cambridge University in England.

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