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Leadership Roles Expanded at Marylhurst University

For Release: September 28, 2011

Marylhurst University President Judith Johansen has named a long-time university trustee to a part-time staff leadership position, and elevated two existing cabinet officers to broader leadership roles.

Sr. Joan Saalfeld, a member of the university's board of trustees since 1982, joins the Marylhurst leadership team this month as vice president for mission integration. In this part-time position, she will help ensure that the mission and values of the university's founders, the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, are integrated into Marylhurst policies and programs. She will step down as a trustee to fulfill this new university leadership role.

Saalfeld spent nearly 30 years as a professor and administrator at Marylhurst and the University of Portland, including two terms as chair of the Department of English and Foreign Languages at UP. Since 2004, she has served in leadership for the Sisters of Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. Saalfeld earned a Ph.D. in literature and creative writing from the University of Denver. She also holds an M.A. in British Literature from Portland State University and a bachelor's degree in history from Marylhurst.

"This is a new position of monumental importance to Marylhurst, as we continue our work to ensure that our academic programs and campus life are strongly focused on the founding mission of our university," Johansen said. "As a long-time leader in the Sisters of the Holy Names community and on our board of trustees, Sr. Joan is perfectly positioned to keep the educational and spiritual legacy of our founding Sisters top of mind in all we do to serve students."

Two key staff promoted

Johansen also promoted Michael Lammers to chief financial officer/executive vice president, and Beth Woodward to vice president for enrollment management.

Lammers has been Marylhurst's vice president for finance and facilities since 1998. During his tenure, he has been instrumental in revitalizing the university's historic campus, overseeing an ambitious $25 million effort to restore many of the campus buildings and open spaces. Prior to joining Marylhurst, Lammers worked at Stanford University where he held a number of administrative positions, including assistant dean of the School of Medicine. He holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Michigan State University and a master's degree in public administration from California State University, East Bay.

Woodward joined Marylhurst as associate vice president for enrollment management in October 2008, and has more than 25 years' experience in enrollment management at four private liberal arts colleges and universities in the Northwest. Since coming to Marylhurst, she has overseen the offices of admissions, registrar and financial aid, and has been a key participant in long- and short-term strategic planning processes for the university. Woodward holds a B.S. in environmental health from Oregon State University, and earned her MBA at Marylhurst in 2006.

About Marylhurst University

Marylhurst University, a private liberal arts university 10 miles south of Portland, Ore. on Highway 43, is regionally accredited and nationally recognized for innovation and academic excellence in serving adult learners. More than 1,900 students earn degrees on campus and online. Marylhurst offers 20 undergraduate degrees, 9 graduate degrees and 13 professional certificates, all of which integrate the liberal arts with professional studies to prepare students as interdisciplinary thinkers and ethical leaders.

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