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President Emerita

Nancy Wilgenbusch, Ph.D. served as president of Marylhurst University from 1984 to 2008.

Wilgenbusch led the university through a period of unprecedented enrollment growth, financial stability and new program development. Under her leadership, Marylhurst created an array of graduate programs, including Oregon's largest MBA program, and launched successful online learning initiatives that are now responsible for about one-third of the university's enrollment. Wilgenbusch also was the architect of the largest fundraising campaign in the university's history, a successful, decade-long $25 million effort to renovate many buildings and restore the pedestrian-friendly, park-like setting on campus to its original beauty.

Throughout her presidency, Wilgenbusch was heavily involved in community service through organizations such as Goodwill Industries, Clackamas Women's Services, Richmond Health Clinic, Marysville School, Caldera and Medical Teams International. She also served on the corporate boards of Mutual of Omaha Fund Management, PacifiCorp, Cascade Corporation, West Coast Bank, Oregon Tax Free Trust Fund, Scottish Power and Powercor. She spent 10 years on the Port of Portland Board of Directors, served on the Ethics Committee of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and chaired the Portland Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank.

Wilgenbusch remains active in many of these organizations in her retirement.

She holds a Ph.D. in education, specializing in community and human resources, from the University of Nebraska. She earned her master's degree from Texas Women's University and her bachelor's degree, magna cum laude, from Catholic University in Washington, D.C.

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