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Ryan J. Hagemann Named Associate Deputy Chancellor for Legal Affairs,
Secretary to Board of Higher Education

Portland, OR, August 17  – George Pernsteiner, chancellor of the Oregon University System, announced today that Ryan J. Hagemann has been appointed to the new position of associate deputy chancellor for legal affairs in addition to continuing his current role as secretary to the State Board of Higher Education, in which he has served since May, 2004.

Pernsteiner said, “Ryan’s expanded role with the university system aligns with his expertise and background in higher education law practiced over several years for the state of Oregon.  Having a strong team guiding legal policy and counsel is critical for the university system in order to serve its stewardship role for the state.”

As associate deputy chancellor for Legal Affairs, Hagemann represents OUS and its individual campuses as in-house counsel, and serves as a primary contact attorney for the regional campuses, including Southern Oregon University, Western Oregon University, and Eastern Oregon University, in addition to the Oregon Institute of Technology.  As secretary to the Board of Higher Education, Hagemann will continue to oversee the administration of the Board’s office, serve as official spokesperson, information source and liaison on Board matters, manage preparations for all Board meetings, support Board members, and serve as recorder and repository of the official Board record.

Prior to joining the Oregon University System, Hagemann served as assistant attorney general with the Oregon Department of Justice (DOJ) beginning in 2001, where he represented and advised all state agencies on labor and employment matters. His responsibilities there also included representation of Oregon’s seven public universities. Prior to his work with the DOJ, he served as associate director of the Office of Student Judicial Affairs at the University of Oregon, law clerk for the Office of the General Counsel at the University of Oregon, instructor of public speaking and legal topics for the University of Oregon and Whitman College, admission officer for Whitman College, outreach coordinator at The Communitarian Network, and assistant director of the Speech and Debate Program at Whitman College. He has published and presented papers and speeches on a number of legal subjects involving higher education diversity and affirmative action, admissions, advising, and financial aid.

Mr. Hagemann earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Oregon, and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Politics from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. He is originally from Hermiston, Oregon.

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