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Nancy Wilgenbusch, Maryl-hurst University president, announced her intention to retire at the end of the 2007-2008 academic year.

Selected in 1984 as president of the liberal arts and professional studies university, she championed its heritage in adult learning, intellectual tradition and strong academic programs.

'After 23 years as president of Marylhurst University, I'm ready to move on to the next phase of my life. I know this is the right time for a transition of leadership at the university,' Wilgenbusch said. 'Marylhurst is poised for the next phase of growth and the timing of my announcement allows the board of trustees to conduct a comprehensive search.'

Ruth Beyer, chair of Marylhurst's board of trustees and partner at Stoel Rives LLP, will head the search committee.

'On behalf of the board of trustees and the entire Marylhurst University community, I want to thank Dr. Wilgenbusch for her service to the university,' Beyer said. 'She accomplished great things for Marylhurst during her tenure as president. She guided Marylhurst to a place where we can recruit a strong successor as president. Our goal is to have the new president in place for the 2008-2009 academic year.

'Dr. Wilgenbusch's leadership provided a solid foundation for the university's future,' Beyer added. 'Marylhurst is a sound institution, fiscally and academically. Her vision for serving the broader higher education community, including adult learners, led to the addition of many programs and departments. Over the years she built a vibrant student-centered university.'

During Wilgenbusch's presidency, academic expansion included the development of niche programs such as Interior Design, Music Therapy, Real Estate Studies and Art Therapy Counseling; the creation of a graduate college offering seven degrees; and the launch of accelerated online programs serving students across the nation.

Wilgenbusch oversaw new initiatives including the transition from college to university in 1998; the launch of one of the nation's first online degree completion programs; and the implementation of an innovative liberal arts program for adult students. Under her leadership Marylhurst was consistently recognized as one of the top schools for meeting the needs of adult learners by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, a national organization that focuses exclusively on promoting access to lifelong learning opportunities for adults.

'I treasure the time that I have spent at Marylhurst working with the trustees, faculty, staff, Sisters of the Holy Names, alumni and students. Together we have achieved strategic positioning for the future of the university,' Dr. Wilgenbusch added. 'I know I leave Marylhurst in good hands.'

Dr. Wilgenbusch's contributions to the community extend beyond Marylhurst. Currently, she serves as a board member for Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette, Caldera, Clackamas Women's Services and Marysville Grade School Advisory Committee. Her corporate board directorships include West Coast Bank, Cascade Corp and Oregon Tax Free Trust Fund. Prior, she served for 10 years as a commissioner for the Port of Portland and six years as chair of the Portland branch of the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank.

Marylhurst is located on Highway 43 between Lake Oswego and West Linn.

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