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Portland State Adds New Leaders in Communications, Development
Author: David Santen, Office of University Communications (503-725-8789)
Posted: August 25, 2006

Following two national searches, Portland State University has named Joan Barnes as assistant vice president of University Communications, and Mark Langseth as assistant vice president of University Development.

Joan Barnes, most recently Marketing and Communications director for Providence Health System of Portland, Ore., will lead PSU’s Office of University Communications, which includes supervision of communications, marketing, publications and Web sites as well as responsibility for support of the Portland State University brand and identity.

Barnes has over 20 years experience in marketing and higher education, having served as executive director for Public Affairs and Governmental Relations at Rancho Santiago Community College District, in Santa Ana, Calif., and as director of College Relations at Lake Washington Technical College in Kirkland, Wash. A native of Oregon, Barnes earned a B.A. in Communications from the University of Washington and a M.A. in Communications from California State University, Fullerton. Her appointment at PSU began August 21, 2006.

Mark Langseth currently serves dual roles as vice president for University Advancement at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minn., and executive director of the Metropolitan State University Foundation. Langseth will oversee the Office of University Development, with responsibilities that include fundraising to generate growing support for a broad range of University programs and priorities, and management of a team responsible for programs that increase campaign, principal, major, corporate, foundation, annual and planned gifts to the University.

Langseth begins at Portland State on November 6, 2006. Previously Langseth served as the founding executive director of Minnesota Campus Compact. He holds a Bachelor of Individualized Studies in Human Resource Management from the University of Minnesota, and an M.A. in Leadership from Augsburg College.

Both positions report to the vice president for University Relations, Cassie McVeety.

“We are extremely pleased to add two stellar individuals to our leadership team in University Relations. Both Joan and Mark are experienced and effective leaders with very successful track records and I am confident they will each advance and support the mission of Portland State University with the various external communities that we serve,” said McVeety.

Portland State University (PSU) serves as a center of opportunity for over 25,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Located in Portland, Ore., one of the nation’s most livable cities, the University’s innovative approach to education combines academic rigor in the classroom with field-based experiences through internships and classroom projects with community partners. The University’s 47-acre downtown campus exhibits Portland State’s commitment to sustainable practices, while many of the 120 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees incorporate sustainability into the curriculum. PSU’s motto, “Let Knowledge Serve the City,” inspires the teaching and research of an accomplished faculty whose work and students spans the globe.

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Cassie McVeety, Vice President, University Relations (503-725-5037)

For Immediate Release (#06-102)