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Dr. Melody Rose Named President of Marylhurst University

The board of trustees of Marylhurst University has selected Dr. Melody Rose as the university's 15th president. Dr. Rose, who currently serves as chancellor of the Oregon University System (OUS), will join Marylhurst in mid-August 2014.

"On behalf of the board of trustees, I am excited to welcome Dr. Rose to the Marylhurst community," said Andrew MacRitchie, board chair. "Her background and track record of successful academic leadership will be a great asset to Marylhurst."

As chancellor of OUS since March 2013, Dr. Rose has successfully guided the organization through a period of governance reform and transition.

Prior to her tenure with OUS, Dr. Rose served from 1995 to 2012 in numerous positions at Portland State University (PSU), including as vice provost for academic programs and instruction, where she was responsible for accreditation and assessment, and managing a budget of $15 million. She is a tenured professor of political science, and has served in faculty positions since 1995, including chair of the Division of Political Science.

"I look forward to joining Marylhurst and building on the university's strong commitment to empowering students," said Dr. Rose. "The history and mission of Marylhurst are an inspiration to me personally, and I look forward to working with the faculty, staff and board to serve our students and advance the vision and values of Marylhurst."

In August 2013, Dr. Jerry Hudson, a widely recognized leader in higher education, joined Marylhurst as interim president. At the same time, the Marylhurst board appointed a presidential search committee comprised of faculty, staff and trustees. The committee conducted a thorough national search with the assistance of an executive search firm.

Martin Ringle, chair of the search committee, said, "Dr. Rose's leadership in higher education and her reputation as a nationally respected political science scholar make her an excellent choice for Marylhurst."

MacRitchie added, "Please join the board of trustees in thanking Dr. Hudson for his dedication and service to Marylhurst, and in welcoming Dr. Rose to our community."

About Marylhurst University

Marylhurst University, a private liberal arts university 10 miles south of Portland, Oregon on Highway 43, is regionally accredited and nationally recognized for innovation and academic excellence in serving adult learners. Founded in 1893, Oregon's oldest Catholic university serves more than 1,400 multigenerational students of all faiths and backgrounds. Marylhurst offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degrees and professional certificate programs on campus and online, all of which integrate liberal arts with professional studies and prepare graduates to be ethical leaders who think critically and creatively.

About Dr. Melody Rose

Dr. Melody Rose has led the Oregon University System (OUS) since March 2013, guiding it successfully through a period of governance reform and transition. OUS currently serves more than 100,000 students at seven universities.

As chancellor, Dr. Rose is responsible for carrying out many initiatives related to the directives of the Oregon State Board of Higher Education and the board's vision for higher education in the state; leading the biennial operating and capital budget process, including presenting proposals to the legislature; facilitating campuses' efforts to achieve their educational missions and overall system goals; overseeing the administration, operations and employees of the Chancellor's Office; creating partnerships among OUS campuses, community colleges and K-12 institutions; and working closely with the Oregon Legislature, the governor and other constituencies for support and investment in higher education.

Prior to that she served as vice chancellor for academic strategies with the OUS.

In her role as vice chancellor, Dr. Rose led and implemented strategic planning for the system; prepared academic policies and developed initiatives to address critical program needs; supported PK-20 alignment; provided leadership for student success initiatives; fostered public-private partnerships in engineering and computer science and K-12 pre-college programming; enhanced partnerships with business organizations; oversaw the system's institutional research; designed and maintained the system's performance measurement framework and oversaw its achievement compacts with the Oregon Education Investment Board; served as co-chair of the OUS Provosts' Council; and served as a member of the chancellor's executive cabinet, among other duties.

Previous to joining OUS, Dr. Rose worked from 1995 to 2012 in numerous positions of increasing responsibility at Portland State University (PSU). Dr. Rose served as vice provost for academic programs and instruction at PSU, where she was responsible for accreditation and assessment, and all matters related to undergraduate and graduate student curricula and instruction, as well as managing a budget of $15 million. Responsibilities included PSU's nationally recognized Universities Studies program, the honors program, McNair Scholars and Army Gold programs, online learning and the Center for Academic Excellence. She was also the founder and first director of the Center for Women, Politics & Policy at PSU from 2004 to 2011 where she developed program partnerships with dozens of nonprofit, educational, corporate and governmental organizations, raising $1 million to advance the organization's mission and work. Other positions held at PSU include special assistant to the president in 2009, where she worked on governance, legislative and public affairs issues. She is a tenured professor of political science, and served in faculty positions since 1995, including chair of the Division of Political Science.

As a faculty leader, Dr. Rose has authored a number of award-winning books, articles and chapters on the presidency, social policy, women and politics, and election campaigns. Honors and awards received by Dr. Rose include the 2011 Joel Palmer Award Honorable Mention from the Oregon Historical Quarterly; the 2010 Women of Distinction Award from the Oregon Women's Commission; and the 2008 PSU Alumni Association's Distinguished Faculty Award for excellence in research, teaching and community engagement.

Dr. Rose is active in community outreach with many organizations, including serving as president of the City Club of Portland from 2011 to 2012, offering the keynote speech at the Oregon Women in Higher Education Conference in 2012, and serving as a delegate and distinguished panelist of the Vision 2020 Third National Congress in 2013. Dr. Rose's academic degrees include a bachelor's degree in politics from the University of California at Santa Cruz (Phi Beta Kappa); 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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