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SDSU Dean Fatemi Named Eastern Oregon University President

Portland, Oregon, November 21 – A San Diego State University dean of the campus has been appointed the new president of Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, Oregon.

The Oregon State Board of Higher Education today approved the appointment of Dr. Khosrow Fatemi, currently dean of the campus at San Diego State University – Imperial Valley, as EOU president, at an annual salary of $163,000 and a three-year contract. Khosrow will begin at EOU in the spring.

Dr. Fatemi succeeds Dr. Dixie Lund, who has been serving as interim president since the departure of Phillip Creighton, who became president of Pacific University last spring. Lund will return to her position as dean of EOU’s Division of Distance Education once Dr. Fatemi arrives on campus.

“We could not be more pleased that Dr. Fatemi has accepted the position of president of Eastern Oregon University,” said Phyllis Wustenberg, chair of the search committee and a member of the Board. “During the time that Dr. Fatemi was on campus, he demonstrated to the faculty, staff, students, and the entire campus community that he understood the needs of a growing and dynamic university that has very close connections with the La Grande community and other academic institutions,” added Wustenberg. “Everyone was impressed with the caliber of each of the final candidates during their two-day visits on campus, and we appreciate all the time they spent in the many meetings, forums, and tours.”

Richard Jarvis, chancellor of the Oregon University System, said, “Dr. Fatemi’s selection reflects the voices and the needs of the EOU community. He has the vision and the requisite skills to lead EOU through its next phase of growth, and continue to strengthen and expand its relationships with other educational institutions. We are very excited to have Dr. Fatemi as part of the strong team of public university presidents that is establishing Oregon’s leadership as an innovative and adaptive state that is meeting the current needs of our students,” added Jarvis.

“Dr. Fatemi has the experience to help EOU continue its regional leadership in both campus-based academic programs and its diverse and distinguished distance education programs,” said Jim Lussier, president of the Board. “With his solid management and economics background, he can continue EOU’s tradition of being a student-centered university that provides its undergraduates with diverse educational and community involvement opportunities while enriching the campuses’ financial stability.”

Dr. Fatemi has been dean of the campus and professor of International Business at San Diego State University-Imperial Valley since 1998, where he has full responsibility for all aspects of the management of the campus. While at SDSU, Fatemi has led efforts to decentralize campus decision-making, enhance community outreach, increase student enrollment, introduce new programs, raise funds, and internationalize the campus.

Community and civic activities in which Fatemi has been involved include the Board of Directors for the U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce and frequent testimony on international trade issues and collaboration. Fatemi has served as president of the International Management Development Association, and was recognized by this group as “International Dean of the Year” in 1999. Fatemi is the founding editor of the Global Economy Quarterly and The International Trade Journal, andhas written and contributed to numerous books and journals.

Prior to joining SDSU, from 1990-98, Fatemi was dean of the College of Business Administration and The Graduate School of International Trade and Business Administration at Texas A&M International University, and was professor of International Business there beginning in 1982. From 1979-82, he was assistant professor of Business at Middle Tennessee State University. Before this, he was senior economist for the National Iranian Oil Company from 1972-79. Dr. Fatemi received his B.A. in Business Administration and Economics from the Abadan Institute of Technology; his MBA and his Ph.D. in International Relations are from the University of Southern California.

“I am very excited about joining the EOU and La Grande communities and eager to get to campus,” said Dr. Fatemi. “Oregon has faced major financial challenges in recent years, and these are often more critical in the state’s rural areas. It is truly a privilege to be able to join the Eastern Oregon community and help the University continue in its role as an educational leader and an economic driver in this part of the state,” added Fatemi. “During my visit on campus I was very impressed with the dedication and professional caliber of the faculty and staff and their obvious concern and connection to the students here. I look forward to moving on campus and helping this community continue its tradition of enriching the lives of students and offering eastern Oregon a stellar educational and cultural centerpiece.”

Eastern Oregon University, located in La Grande, Oregon and at 14 centers throughout the state, has current enrollment of almost 3,300 students and an annual budget of $43.3 million.

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