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Melody Rose named president of Marylhurst University

Melody RoseMelody Rose, chancellor of the Oregon university system, has been named president of Marylhurst University, the school announced this week.

Rose, who becomes the university’s 15th president, will join Marylhurst in mid-August.  She replaces Jerry Hudson, who joined Marylhurst as interim president in August 2013.

“On behalf of the board of trustees, I am excited to welcome Dr. Rose to the Marylhurst community,” said Andrew MacRitchie, board chair. “Her background and track record of successful academic leadership will be a great asset to Marylhurst.”

Rose has served as chancellor of the state university system since March 2013, guiding the organization through a period of governance reform and transition. She previously served in a variety of positions at Portland State University from 1995 to 2012; as vice provost for academic programs and instruction, she was responsible for accreditation and assessment and for managing a budget of $15 million. She is a tenured professor of political science, and has served in faculty positions since 1995, including chair of the Division of Political Science.

“I look forward to joining Marylhurst and building on the university’s strong commitment to empowering students,” Rose said. “The history and mission of Marylhurst are an inspiration to me personally, and I look forward to working with the faculty, staff and board to serve our students and advance the vision and values of Marylhurst.”




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