President Melody Rose – Biography

Dr. Melody Rose – President of Marylhurst

Dr. Melody Rose is the 15th president of Marylhurst University and a nationally recognized scholar of American women and politics. Prior to joining Marylhurst, she served as chancellor of the Oregon University System.

Before moving to the Oregon University System, Dr. Rose served in a number of roles at Portland State University, culminating in her service as Vice Provost for Academic Programs & Instruction and Dean of Undergraduate Studies. She is also the founder and first director of the Center for Women’s Leadership. Dr. Rose was also professor and chair of the political science division before moving into academic administration.

While on the PSU faculty, Dr. Rose authored a number of award-winning books, articles and chapters on the U.S. presidency, social policy, women and politics, and elections. Her fourth book, an edited volume entitled Women and Executive Office: Pathways and Performance, was published during the 2012 elections.

Outside of work, Dr. Rose volunteers for education, civic engagement and women’s organizations. She is a member of the board for the Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities, Habitat for Humanity – Portland/Metro East, and the Portland Business Alliance, and she serves on the advisory board for Dress for Success. She was a 2013 Portland Business Journal Women of Influence honoree, and she received the 2010 Governor’s Women of Achievement Award. She served as president of the City Club of Portland in 2011-12, and she is an active member of the International Women’s Forum.

Dr. Rose received her bachelor’s degree in politics from the University of California at Santa Cruz with honors and Phi Beta Kappa distinctions. She earned a Master in Public Administration, Master in Government and Ph.D. in Government from Cornell University.

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Melody Rose, President, Marylhurst University

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Dr. Rose is often featured as an expert on higher education and our political system, particularly issues around women in politics.

In this guest opinion for The Oregonian, Dr. Rose urges Oregon colleges and universities to continue to uphold the protections provided to sexual assault survivors through Title IX.

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In this interview with KXL News Radio, Dr. Rose talks about what to expect from Hillary Clinton’s 2017 book tour appearance in Portland, as well as gender bias in the media.

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Portland Monthly featured Dr. Rose in Women Who Move the City: working professionals making a positive difference in the community.

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