For Release: December 08, 2009
Two Portland-area leaders have been elected to serve on the Marylhurst University board of trustees.
Judie Hammerstad, who recently ended nearly 30 years of elected public service in Clackamas County, and Marty Ringle, chief technology officer for Reed College, are the newest additions to the 33-member Marylhurst board.
"We are absolutely delighted to welcome Judie and Marty to our board, and look forward to benefiting from the broad experience they bring in public service, education and technology," said Ruth Beyer, chair of the Marylhurst board of trustees. "As we launch a new university strategic plan that emerged from months of discussion about how to continue and enhance our mission of service to our students and the community, the perspectives Marty and Judie bring to the table will be immensely valuable."
Hammerstad served two terms as Lake Oswego mayor from 2001-09, and spent most of the 1990s as a Clackamas County commissioner after being appointed to a vacant position in 1990 and winning election to the seat twice. She also served one term in the Oregon State House of Representatives in the late 1980s, and two terms on the Lake Oswego School Board from 1981-89. Hammerstad is the founder and chair of the Community Streetcar Coalition, a national organization that promotes streetcar projects, and is active in a number of local streetcar initiatives. She also was recently appointed to the Metropolitan Exposition and Recreation Commission. Hammerstad holds a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Oregon.
Ringle is the chief technology officer at Reed College. Prior to coming to Reed in 1989, he was chair of the computer science department at Vassar College. Since 1999, he has been president of the Northwest Academic Computing Consortium. Ringle has served on a number of boards, including the Carnegie Consortium for Educational Computing, EDUCAUSE, the Consortium of Liberal Arts Colleges, SCT Corporation and others. During the past 25 years, he has consulted on technology issues for more than 150 colleges, universities, foundations, corporations and government agencies. Ringle holds a doctorate from Binghamton University in philosophy and computer technology.
About Marylhurst University
Marylhurst University, a private liberal arts university located one mile south of Lake Oswego on Highway 43, is regionally accredited and nationally recognized for innovation and academic excellence. Marylhurst's small, seminar-style classes – offered weekdays, evenings, weekends and online – provide convenience and flexibility for students with busy lives seeking professional certificates and undergraduate and graduate degrees.