CORVALLIS - Four finalists have been named for the position of campus executive officer to lead the future development of Oregon State University-Cascades Campus.

This group of educators, scientists, community and national leaders offers a broad range of career achievements, skills and leadership abilities to direct the new campus in its formative stages, said Tim White, provost and executive vice president of OSU.

"We're pleased to have attracted such a diverse and talented group of individuals who all show great interest in the future of the OSU-Cascades Campus," White said. "Our goal is to create an innovative new model for the delivery of higher education services with this campus, and for that we'll need the vision, energy and leadership that proven administrators of this caliber can provide. We're looking forward to introducing them to the Central Oregon community."

The four candidates are Karen Dill Bowerman, D'Ann Campbell, William Gray and Barbara Mossberg. All but Campbell will be available to attend an open public reception on Friday, Nov. 2, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Deschutes Brewery, Mountain Room, at 901 S.W. Simpson St. in Bend.

Each candidate will also make a public presentation, including a question and answer opportunity with the audience. The sessions will be on Nov. 3 or 4, in Ochoco Hall, room 204, on the campus of Central Oregon Community College. Gray will speak Saturday, Nov. 3 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and Bowerman from 4 to 5:30 p.m.; Mossberg will speak Sunday, Nov. 4, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and Campbell from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

The finalists and their background include:


  • Karen Dill Bowerman is a professor of management, human resources management and associate dean of the Craig School of Business at California State University, Fresno. She received her doctorate from Texas A&M University in higher education administration, and has been honored for both teaching and research. Bowerman's current research interests include virtual teams, group decision support systems and instructional materials, and she oversees a total $8.5 million budget, curriculum, recruiting, and many other functions of the Craig School of Business.


  • D'Ann Campbell is the interim president of White Pines College in Chester, N.H., a position in which she is responsible for all academic, student and business affairs. She received a doctorate in American history from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, has held administrative appointments at colleges in Indiana, Tennessee, and was vice president for academic affairs for two universities in the Northeast. Campbell has done extensive research and authored books on women and the military, including women's combat experiences during World War II.


  • William Gray, the campus executive officer of the Washington State University at Spokane campus since 1989, is an expert in agricultural economics and rural sociology. His academic and research interests include political economy, the economics of public choice, urban economics, distance education, regional analysis and rural economic development. Gray serves on several governing boards in the Spokane community, especially in the area of health care.


  • Barbara Mossberg, president emerita of Goddard College, is senior consultant for the American Council on Education for Institutional and International Initiatives, and senior research fellow for the National Council for Research on Women. She received her doctorate in literature from Indiana University, won a number of awards for teaching and scholarship, and has served at the national level with numerous federal, international, foundation, agency and institutional organizations.



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