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Jerry Hudson Named Interim President

Judith Johansen, who has served as president at Marylhurst University since July 2008, is stepping down, and Jerry Hudson, previously president of Willamette University, has been named interim president.

"We are very appreciative of Judi's outstanding work these past five years," said Andrew MacRitchie, chair, Marylhurst Board of Trustees. "The board is grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Judi and to learn from her, and we intend to build on the foundation of her leadership, which has set Marylhurst on a secure course for the future."

"I am blessed and honored to have served as president of Marylhurst University," said Johansen. "It has been a privilege to work with the staff, faculty and board and to serve the students and alumni."

Judi Johansen came to Marylhurst after serving two years as CEO and administrator of Bonneville Power Administration and then five years as president and CEO of PacificCorp. Johansen said, "To have had the opportunity to serve in leadership roles in three such different and demanding environments - government, private business and academia - has been both rewarding and challenging." Johansen looks forward to continuing her service on nonprofit and corporate boards in the region.

Jerry Hudson served as president of Willamette University for 17 years and then as executive vice president of the Collins Foundation for 11 years. He is immediate past board chair of the Oregon Historical Society, and currently serves on the boards of The Library Foundation, Chalkboard Project and Japanese Garden Society.

Dr. Hudson began his academic career as professor of history at Pepperdine University, where he became provost before accepting the presidency of Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Later, during his tenure as president of Willamette University, he served as a director and member of the executive committee of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

He has a B.A. in History from Lipscomb University in Nashville; an M.A. and Ph.D. in American History from Tulane University in New Orleans; and Honorary Doctorates from Pepperdine University, Tokyo International University, Willamette University and University of Portland.

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