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PSU spokesman Scott Gallagher leaving for private sector

TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Portland State University spokesman Scott Gallagher discussing plans to redevelop a four-acre parcel of property after a tax court ruling cleared the way for it in 2005. Gallagher announced he is leaving public service for Gard Communications May 18. Portland State University's Director of Communications position will be temporarily vacant after Scott Gallagher's May 18 announcement that he will soon be working as Director of Public Relations at Gard Communications.

Gallagher worked for the university for eight years, during which period PSU has seen many changes, including major construction projects and a suspended campaign for a Metro-wide payroll tax.

"Keep your eyes on the Vikings — great things are still to come," Gallagher wrote in a farewell note to the press.

Senior Communications Specialist Suzanne Pardington will step in as interim communications director as the university searches for a replacement.