BEND - Two new leaders have been selected who will direct academic affairs, student issues, community relations, campus operations and other areas of critical importance as the new Oregon State University Cascades Campus evolves from a concept to a working institution within the next few months.

Henry Sayre, a distinguished professor of art history at OSU and a leader in development of academic proposals for the new campus, has been named the new associate provost for academic and student affairs. Linda Johnson, the director of OSU Central Oregon Programs who coordinated much of OSU's successful initiative to create the new branch campus, has been named associate provost for community relations and administration.

"In Henry Sayre and Linda Johnson, we have two people who are eminently qualified to provide leadership as our campus moves from concept to reality," said Tim White, provost and executive vice president of OSU. "They believe deeply in the new campus we're trying to create and in the opportunities it will open up for generations of students.

"They have been instrumental in bringing the OSU Cascades Campus this far," White added, "and will now make it possible to welcome our first students this fall."

Sayre, who received his doctorate from the University of Washington in 1976, is president of the OSU Faculty Senate, has received numerous career honors, is the author of several scholarly books and textbooks, and recently coordinated with Oregon Public Broadcasting a $1.2 million video, text and teaching project titled "A World of Art." Sayre was chair of the curriculum committee that planned the core academic proposal for what eventually became the OSU Cascades Campus.

"The new campus offers us all --- OSU, Central Oregon Community College, the partner institutions, and the greater Central Oregon region --- a unique opportunity to create a learning community of unprecedented cooperation and innovation," Sayre said.

"I don't want to understate how far we have to go, and how difficult the challenges are that we face, but I do think that working together we have the opportunity to create a university that is responsive to both the needs of the community and the demands of the 21st century; a model program that in years to come, the whole nation will look to for guidance and inspiration."

Johnson, who has a master's degree in health services administration from the University of Washington in 1988, will take over a position to oversee marketing, public relations, new program development, donor relations, and campus operations and finance at the OSU Cascades Campus.

She is a former Washington state legislator, managed the state immunization program in Washington, and recently was an associate administrator of Central Oregon Community Hospital in Redmond. In her recent work with OSU, she helped expand the university's range of programs in Central Oregon, worked closely with many community leaders and the public, and was a key figure in the development of the new branch campus.

"OSU Cascades Campus is the result of more than 25 years of incredible effort and vision by the Central Oregon community," Johnson said. "As we enter the next chapter in higher education history in the region, it will take everyone's help to make the Cascades Campus the kind of institution that embodies excellence, academic integrity, and collaborative partnerships.

"I am very excited for the opportunity to make our dream a reality, and to touch the lives of people all over Central Oregon."

Many of the commitments OSU made in its branch campus proposal are already well on their way to fruition, Johnson said.

"We are developing solid programs and degrees, coordinating offerings with our university partners, formalizing local partnerships, hiring on-site faculty, and educating students, at the same time we're building a real bricks-and-mortar infrastructure," she said.

The national search is continuing for the campus executive officer that will direct operations of the OSU Cascades Campus on a permanent basis, OSU officials say.

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