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OHSU picks new president

Dr. Joseph Robertson, dean of the School of Medicine, moves to the university's top job
by: Special to, Dr. Joseph Robertson Jr. was named Tuesday as the new president of Oreogn Health & Science University.

Oregon Health and Science University has appointed Dr. Joseph Robertson Jr., as its next president, the Portland teaching hospital's board of directors announced Tuesday.

Robertson is the dean of the OHSU School of Medicine and the university's vice president of medical affairs. OHSU's current president, Peter Kohler, plans to retire in September after an 18-year tenure.

"I am honored to be given the opportunity to lead OHSU," Robertson said in a statement.

Oregon's only medical school began its hunt for a new president in 2005, and its Presidential Search Committee interviewed a pool of applicants before forwarding a final recommendation to the board for approval.

Robertson began as a resident at OHSU in 1979 and went on to lead the university's Casey Eye Institute in 1998.

In his statement, Robertson said OHSU under his leadership would expand research, encourage commercialization of its discoveries and ensure that Oregon shares in the school's successes.

"The search committee feels that Dr. Robertson is the best choice for OHSU and for all Oregonians," said Henry Hewitt, OHSU board member and chairman of the search committee. "He is very well-equipped to lead OHSU into the future."