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PORTLAND, June 10, 2014 – Dr. Melody Rose, chancellor of the Oregon University System, today announced that she has accepted the position of president of Marylhurst University in Marylhurst, Oregon, beginning in mid-August.

Dr. Rose has led the Oregon University System since March 2013, guiding it successfully through a period of governance reform and transition as the System implemented its decentralization process. With the three large OUS campuses implementing their institutional governing boards on July 1, 2014, and the four technical and regional OUS institutions following with their boards on July 1, 2015, the Oregon University System and its Office of the Chancellor is transitioning its role over the next year.

David Yaden, incoming chair of the State Board of Higher Education said, “Chancellor Rose has been an extremely effective leader for the OUS during a period of rapid change and transition. We wholeheartedly congratulate her on her presidency at Marylhurst, and are pleased that she will be staying in Oregon and helping the state achieve its 40-40-20 education attainment goals. Dr. Rose will be a successful leader for the university, sharing her experience and love of students and the academic enterprise with the community at Marylhurst.”

The State Board of Higher Education will provide information over the next few weeks on the appointment of interim leadership for the Chancellor’s Office as it continues to wrap up its work of transitioning the system to individual governing boards.

Chancellor Rose is credited with leading the OUS through a difficult and complex transition process, including championing important legislation in the 2013 Session such as a tuition freeze for Oregon undergraduate students, and legislation that protected campus and student interests related to the reform process. She has guided the intense work of transitioning functions and roles held in the Chancellor’s Office to the campuses, the Higher Education Coordinating Commission, the University Shared Services Enterprise, and the Oregon Education Investment Board.

Prior to her appointment as Chancellor, Dr. Rose served as vice chancellor for academic strategies for the OUS, and held leadership positions at Portland State University. A tenured professor of Political Science at PSU, Dr. Rose was a highly decorated public servant and educational leader prior to her joining OUS. She is a nationally respected scholar who founded and was the first director of 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 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.

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