May 17, 2002

Contact: Bob Bruce, 503-725-5714
Source: Jim Lussier

New Chancellor Named for Oregon University System

PORTLAND - The Oregon State Board of Higher Education today (Friday, May 17, 2002) named Richard Jarvis, the current chancellor of the U. S. Open University, as the new chancellor of the Oregon University System.

As chancellor, he will head Oregon's seven-campus student university system.

"We're extremely pleased to have attracted Dr. Jarvis to the position," said Jim Lussier, vice president of the State Board. "He will bring to Oregon a wealth of experience in higher education and strong, innovative and demonstrated leadership in university system administration."

A geographer, Jarvis, 53, has served as the founding chancellor of the innovative, online United States Open University since 1999. He previously served for five years as chancellor of the University and Community College System of Nevada, the nation's fastest growing university system with a combined enrollment of more than 82,000 students.

Born in England, Jarvis earned his B.A. degree, with honors, and his Ph.D. degree from Cambridge University in England.

He began his academic career in 1973 as a lecturer in geography at Durham University in England. He joined the faculty at the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1974 and held posts in Buffalo as director of Interdisciplinary Degree Programs in Social Science, associate dean of social sciences, and assistant to the president before becoming vice president for academic affairs at the University of New York at Fredonia in 1987.

In 1990, he moved to the State University of New York System as vice provost for academic programs and then became acting provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs before accepting the chancellor's position in Nevada.

Jarvis is the author of one book, titled "River Networks," and numerous journal articles. He also has served as a contributing editor to "Geographical Analysis," and on the editorial board of the "American Journal of Distance Education."

He is a former member of the executive committee of the National Association of System Heads; former chair of the State Higher Education Executive Officers group on workforce development; and a former commissioner of the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education.

He and his wife, Marilou, currently live in Denver. Dr. Marilou Jarvis is the interim vice president for information technology/chief information officer at Denver's Metro State College.

Jarvis becomes the 11th chancellor in the history of Oregon higher education. He is expected to begin his new position on or about July 1 at an annual salary of $190,000.

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