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The Oregonian: Vice chancellor Melody Rose named interim chancellor of Oregon public universities, first woman in post
Author: Betsy Hammond, The Oregonian
Posted: February 14, 2013

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Oregon Vice Chancellor Melody Rose was unanimously chosen Thursday to become interim chancellor of Oregon's seven public universities.

She will be the first woman at the helm of the university system.

Rose accepted the top job at a time of great uncertainty about what will happen to the university system, the chancellor's position and the university system office she will head. Gov. John Kitzhaber and higher education board president Matt Donegan are pushing to remake the landscape of higher education, including creating a new Department of Post-Secondary Education that would have high-level control of the public universities, all community colleges and state financial aid.

Rose, 46, said she sees the coming upheaval as an opportunity not a threat.

"We are poised to do great things, innovative things, in Oregon, and that's the time to serve one's state," she said.

A political scientist, Rose worked at Portland State University for 17 years before becoming the university system's vice chancellor for academic strategies. She founded PSU's Center for Women, Politics and Policy.

Donegan said the higher education board has not decided whether or when to launch a search for a permanent chancellor. "Our plans are just to get through the session and then see where we go from there."

-- Betsy Hammond