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PORTLAND, February 14, 2013 – The State Board of Higher Education (the “Board”) today appointed Dr. Melody Rose as interim chancellor of the Oregon University System (OUS). Rose previously served as vice chancellor for academic strategies for the OUS, and held leadership positions at Portland State University. Rose is the first female chancellor of the university system, which currently serves over 100,000 students at seven universities. She will begin her leadership of the system on March 2, replacing outgoing chancellor George Pernsteiner, who announced his resignation late last month.

Board president Matt Donegan said, “Dr. Rose has built a reputation as an innovator, strategic thinker, and a leader who gets things done. She is an obvious choice to lead the university system as we work to advance innovations in teaching and learning, collaborate with our many partners across the education spectrum, and ensure that students have a clear path to a degree. Strengthening Oregon’s communities, workforce and economy is higher education’s most important outcome for the state. Dr. Rose will help get us there.” Donegan said that Rose will play an important role in informing legislative discussions on the OUS budget, and educational reforms being considered by the legislature.

“I’m very excited about working with our many partners to advance the state’s educational goals,” said Dr. Rose. “Our job is to increase student success and degrees in the state. This is a turning point in higher education in Oregon, during which new technology, teaching innovations, and efficiency gains will help us meet the state’s education and workforce needs.”

As interim chancellor, Rose will serve as OUS’ chief executive officer, providing leadership and a statewide focus for higher education. She will carry out the Board’s and Governor’s vision for higher education, lead the biennial budget process, advance academic innovation, and continue to create partnerships among the education sectors that increase student success. In her previous role as OUS’s vice chancellor, Dr. Rose led and implemented a portfolio of academic initiatives to improve student outcomes. She championed collaborative efforts across the System and with community college and K-12 partners, built partnerships with employers, and led other important efforts such as managing OUS’ achievement compacts.

A tenured professor of Political Science at PSU, Dr. Rose was a highly decorated public servant and educational leader prior to her joining OUS last August. She is a nationally respected scholar who founded and was the first director of New Leadership Oregon and the Center for Women, Politics and Policy at PSU. She has authored a number of award-winning books and articles on the presidency, social policy, women and politics, and election campaigns, including her 2013 book, Women and Executive Office: Pathways and Performance. Rose’s has a Bachelor’s degree in Politics from the University of California at Santa Cruz; a Master’s degree in Public Administration, a Master’s in Government, and a Ph.D. in Government from Cornell University.

For additional biographical information on Dr. Rose, please go to: /about/rosebio

The Oregon University System comprises seven distinguished public universities and one branch campus, reaching more than one million people each year through on-campus classes, statewide public services and lifelong learning. The Oregon State Board of Higher Education, the statutory governing board of OUS, is composed of fifteen members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon State Senate. For additional information, go to