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Johansen resigns as Marylhurst president


Ex-Willamette University president Hudson accepts interim position

Judith Johansen has resigned as president of Marylhurst University.

The announcement came last week that Johansen had submitted her letter of resignation to the Marylhurst University Board of by:  MARYLHURST UNIVERSITY - Judith Johansen is stepping down at Marylhurst University after five years of service as president.Trustees. She had served five years as Marylhurst’s president after succeeding Nancy Wilgenbusch in July of 2008. Johansen’s final day at Marylhurst was Aug. 31.

The university also announced that former Willamette University President Jerry Hudson will serve as interim president.

Johansen did not give a reason for leaving in her letter of resignation, but she said, “I am blessed and honored to have served as president of Marylhurst University. It’s been a privilege to work with the staff, faculty and board and to serve the students.”

Johansen was praised for setting Marylhurst on its course for the future by Andrew MacRitchie, chairman of the trustees.

“We are very appreciative of Judi’s work for the past five years,” MacRitchie said. “The board is grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Judi and to learn from her, and we intend to build on the foundation of her leadership.”

Johansen’s major achievements at Marylhurst include the school obtaining reaccreditation from the Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities, creating a new organizational structure, advocating for new programs that were more responsive to business and community needs and her strong commitment to Marylhurst’s development by working to obtain major financial gifts from foundations and trusts, such as the recent $250,000 gift from the Eichholtz Foundation.

Johansen was also credited with making many new friends for Marylhurst by reaching out to the surrounding community.

Johansen brought a strong record in business to Marylhurst. She formerly was CEO and administrator of Bonneville Power Administration and later was president and CEO of PacificCorp.

A resident of West Linn, Johansen lives only a few blocks away from the Marylhurst campus.

Johansen said she would continue to serve on nonprofit and corporate boards in this region.

Hudson served as president of Willamette University from 1980 to 1997. He has already been on the Marylhurst campus and is expected to participate in school meetings until he begins his official tenure as the university’s interim president.

MacRitchie said, “The board is confident that Jerry Hudson’s appointment assures continued strong leadership at Marylhurst as the board conducts a thorough and deliberate search over the next year for our next permanent president.

“That an academic leader of Hudson’s stature and reputation would respond to our call speaks well of all that Marylhurst has accomplished in recent years.”