June 21, 2002

Contact: Bob Bruce, 503-725-5714

Bend Executive Elected State Board President

PORTLAND - Bend hospital executive Jim Lussier has been elected the new president of the State Board of Higher Education.

He was elected here Friday, June 21, 2002, when the Board also elected Leslie Lehman of Portland as its new vice president. Both will begin a one-year term as the Board's top elected officers in July and will join members Phyllis Wustenberg of Bay City, Don VanLuvanee of Portland and Roger Bassett of Salem on the Board's Executive Committee.

Lussier, who serves as president and chief executive officer of the St. Charles Medical Center in Bend, is serving his second four-year term on the Board. He has previously served as a member of the Board's Executive Committee and past chair of the System Strategic Planning Committee.

Lehman is the executive director of the Oregon Forest Resources Institute. She has been a member of the Board since 1999 and has served as the chair of its Systems Strategic Planning Committee.

In other action, the Board:

  • Adopted a new policy and procedures for administrating telecommunications license regulated by the Federal Communications Commission. OUS administers some 176 FCC licenses for broadcast radio, instructional television and two-way radio communications. The new policy will delegate license management to the campuses and requires annual reporting to the Chancellor's Office.
  • Granted a parking easement at Oregon State University to Corvallis Hospitality, LLC. The non-exclusive easement will allow the firm to use OSU parking lots adjacent to a new hotel being built on the campus for special events, and
  • Authorized a University of Oregon request to the Legislative Emergency Board for permission to use Article XI-F bonds in the construction of the UO Many Nations Longhouse project. The $350,000 project, as previously approved by the Legislature, only authorized the use of gift funds for construction. But, earlier this spring, UO students voted to use $350,000 from student building fees for the project as Article XI-F bonds.

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