CORVALLIS - Roy Arnold, an Oregon State University administrator and former provost, has been named chief executive officer of the OSU-Cascades Campus in Bend while the search process continues for a permanent CEO.

Arnold's appointment as CEO of the OSU-Cascades Campus comes amidst a national search process that resulted in a strong candidate pool, said Tim White, OSU provost and executive vice president. The search process is on schedule, and should result in the identification of a permanent executive in November, though it "may be well into 2002 before the new CEO is able to relocate to the new campus."

"The success of the opening of OSU-Cascades Campus on Sept. 17 - with more than 475 students enrolled - plus the complexity of the undertaking have led me to appoint Roy Arnold on a part-time, temporary basis," White said. "Dr. Arnold joins an impressive group of faculty, staff and administrators, and will be helpful in the individual and collective success of all who have committed to this new enterprise."

White said that Arnold's expertise will help the campus achieve success and growth by further establishing a solid academic and administrative infrastructure, and positioning the campus for leadership of the permanent CEO.

"With Roy Arnold, we have a skilled leader who possesses a breadth of skills and experience that few people can match," said Jerry Colonna, chair of the Board of Advisors for OSU-Cascades Campus. "He is one of the most respected higher education leaders in Oregon and is held in the highest regard by the academic partner universities that help provide curriculum, and by the Oregon University System.

"Roy will be able to help position the campus in the coming months to address the next set of challenges and opportunities that arise," Colonna added.

Arnold said he is excited about helping to lead an initiative that means so much to the Central Oregon community.

"Many excellent people have committed their time and energy to the development of a very creative OSU-Cascades Campus model," Arnold said. "Implementing this new model on a fast track is a major undertaking. Recognizing the importance of the OSU-Cascades Campus for the people of Central Oregon, I am pleased to be asked to help with its implementation during the transition to the incoming CEO."

Arnold has ties to Oregon State University that date to the mid-1960s. He earned a master's degree in 1965 and a Ph.D. in 1967 from OSU in food science and technology, teaching undergraduate courses at the same time.

After he earned his doctorate, Arnold took a position on the faculty of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, and worked his way up through the ranks. He became head of the University of Nebraska's Department of Food Science and Technology in 1973, and seven years later became dean and director of the Agricultural Experiment Station there.

From 1982-87, he was vice chancellor of Nebraska's Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Arnold returned to OSU in 1987 as dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences, where he worked for four years before taking the position of provost and executive vice president for eight years under OSU presidents John Byrne and Paul Risser.

Since January 2000, Arnold has been the executive associate dean for OSU's College of Agricultural Sciences, a role he will continue while he serves as CEO.

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