PSU Vice Provost Melody Rose installed as president of City Club of Portland
Portland State University Vice Provost Melody Rose is the new president of City Club of Portland, the influential nonpartisan civic organization that promotes public service, engagement and leadership.
Rose, a political scientist who is vice provost for academic programs and instruction, was installed Friday, June 17 by the 1,300-member organization and will serve as president for the next 12 months. In her inaugural address, Rose noted the mission shared by both the state’s largest university and the 95-year-old City Club is public service.
“Both institutions serve as conveners of the public good,” said Rose, an author and scholar who is founder and director of PSU’s Center for Women, Politics & Policy.
At a time when too much of the public is uninformed and uninvolved in public policy, Rose said, civic engagement groups need to reach out and be more inclusive. In Oregon, she noted, the median voting age in general elections is 50 even with vote-by-mail and the perception that a growing number of young people vote.
“The City Club is needed now more than ever,” she said. “We may be 95 years old, but we need to be nimble, and we need to be responsive.”
She called for more efforts to attract young people to the civic organization and, in turn, turn them on to important issues such as education, the economy and politics.
Rose, who holds a Ph.D from Cornell University, is the author of three books. Her most recent was Hillary Clinton’s Race for the White House: Gender Politics and the Media on the Campaign Trail (co-authored by Regina Lawrence) published in 2009. Rose was formerly professor and chair of PSU’s political science department and is a regular political analyst on local, state, and national media on matters of elections, voting, party systems, and women’s political action.