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Portland Business Executives Join Marylhurst University Board of Trustees

For Release: November 29, 2011

Two Portland-area business leaders have been elected to serve on the Marylhurst University Board of Trustees.

Chip Terhune, director of environmental and government affairs for Schnitzer Steel Industries, and Dr. Stephen Brown, president of Custom Decorators, Inc., joined the 33-member Marylhurst board this fall.

"We are so pleased to welcome Chip and Steve to our board, as they strengthen our business and public policy expertise as we position Marylhurst for continued growth," said Ruth Beyer, partner at Stoel Rives LLP and chair of the Marylhurst trustee board. "In addition to being stellar leaders, Steve and Chip are deeply committed to our mission of helping a diverse group of multigenerational students change their lives in a meaningful way. All of us on the board look forward to working with them to create an even more vibrant university for our students and our community."

Terhune joined Schnitzer Steel in 2010 after serving as chief of staff to Gov. Ted Kulongoski for nearly four years. Prior to joining the governor's office, he was assistant executive director of the Oregon Education Association. He also spent more than a decade serving in sales and leadership positions for small and mid-size Northwest businesses, and has been an active community volunteer, including providing leadership on state and county boards and councils. Terhune earned an M.S. in public affairs and a B.A. in international studies, both from the University of Oregon.

Brown has held a number of executive positions throughout his nearly two-decade business career. He currently is president of Custom Decorators, and until 2009 was the principal of Stephen Brown & Company, a Portland consulting firm specializing in helping retail and technology companies grow their businesses. He previously served as president and CEO of KC Distance Learning, the country's largest middle and high school online learning company, and held several vice president roles at Hollywood Entertainment/Movie Gallery. Brown is a member and past president of the board of directors of the Portland Children's Museum, and also serves on the boards of the Opal Charter School and S.O. Brown Association. A graduate of Lake Oswego High School, he earned both his master's and doctoral degrees at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and holds a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College.

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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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