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Tribune president leaving for OSU

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Portland Tribune and Community Newspapers Inc. Publisher and President Steve Clark has been named vice president for university relations and marketing at Oregon State University.

He will be succeeded as president of the Tribune and Community Newspapers by Mark Garber, who has served as vice president of the four-county Portland-area publishing company. Brian Monihan, vice president of marketing for the newspaper company, will take an expanded role managing the 17-newspaper firm.

Clark has been an editor or publisher of numerous newspapers in Oregon for more than 35 years. He serves on the board of directors of TriMet, the Portland Regional Community Investment Leadership Council, the Oregon Business Council, the Portland Business Alliance, Associated Oregon Industries and others.

As vice president, Clark will assume leadership of OSU's University Relations and Marketing division, which includes marketing, news and research communications, web communications and university events.

University Relations and Marketing is the university's primary communications branch, with marketing that supports student recruitment and image building, dissemination of news about teaching, research and faculty and student achievement, the ongoing development of the university's online presence and hosting university-wide events.

'OSU is a compelling, innovative and very valuable institution. It is addressing essential social, environmental and economic issues and contributes to the success of Oregon and beyond in multiple ways. I look forward to helping the university and its many partners advance these and other important issues,' Clark said.

Clark begins his new duties in mid-July, returning to the campus where he received a journalism degree in 1975 and served as editor of the Oregon State student newspaper, The Daily Barometer.

Clark spent the first dozen years of his career reporting, editing and publishing papers in Gresham, Lake Oswego, West Linn, Pendleton and the Willamette Valley. In 1988, he was named publisher and chief operating officer of Community Newspapers, a Tigard-based company that included several Portland-area newspapers. He eventually became president and co-owner of the company with his wife, Randalyn. The Clark family sold the company in 2000 to R.B. Pamplin Corp.

In 2004, Clark was named president of Oregon Publication Corp., Oregon's largest newspaper group, which includes the Portland Tribune and Sustainable Life magazine, as well as Community Newspapers, a group of 16 Portland-area weekly and monthly newspapers.

Garber, who also serves as publisher of the Gresham Outlook and Sandy Post, has served as a manager of several of the newspapers that are part of Community Newspapers. He returned to Community Newspapers in 2001, having served as publisher of the daily Pendleton East Oregonian and the Springfield News. He is active in many East Multnomah County and Portland-area community leadership roles.

Monihan joined Community Newspapers in the late 1980s. In his marketing oversight responsibilities, he also serves as publisher of the Lake Oswego Review and West Linn Tidings. He is active in numerous community and business leadership endeavors in Lake Oswego and Clackamas County.