Governor John Kitzhaber has just nominated the inaugural board of trustees of Western Oregon University (WOU) to the Oregon State Senate. WOU becomes an independent public university, effective July 1, 2015. Governing board members are expected to be confirmed by the Oregon state senate in September 2014.
“I am delighted at the accomplished men and women nominated as they possess the diversity of experiences which is Western. This board will provide expertise and vision in their governance of WOU that is focused on the success of Western and our students. All of these individuals have direct or indirect ties to Western and are committed to a quality education for all Oregonians. The new governance board will assume official duties and responsibilities on July 1, 2015,” said WOU President Mark Weiss. “I am proud to announce the governor’s nominees.”
Jaime Arredondo’s first exposure to higher education was through his participation in Western Oregon University’s Latino Mentor Program; graduating among the inaugural class at McKay High School. Arredondo serves as secretary-treasurer for Oregon’s Farmworker Union and largest Latino organization, Pineros Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN). In addition to these responsibilities, he serves Oregon’s youth and families through his participation on the State of Oregon Youth Development Council, the Marion County Commission for Children and Families, Partners for Hunger-Free Oregon, and the Oregon Community Foundation Latino Partnership Project. A first-generation college student, Arredondo completed his bachelor’s degree at Willamette University and is a graduate student at Oregon State University. Arredondo said, “Getting appointed to WOU’s Board of Trustees would be an absolute privilege and opportunity. I’ve seen first-hand what an education at WOU can do for an individual, a family, and a community.”
James M. Baumgartner, alumnus of Western Oregon University, has been a trustee on the WOU Foundation Board since 2012, and is currently its chair. He served on the Executive Committee of the Oregon Consular Corps for five years, serving as dean in 2008, and was appointed as the Honorary Consul of Canada in Oregon in 2005. He continues a 28-year partnership with the law firm of Black Helterline LLP in Portland, serving as its managing partner from 2001-05. Baumgartner has also been nominated to the State Board of Higher Education, which for the remainder of this academic year will provide governance to the four technical and regional universities of Oregon. Baumgartner obtained a bachelor’s degree from WOU and a J.D. from Willamette University College of Law.
Major General Daniel R. Hokanson is The Adjutant General, Oregon. His responsibilities include the Oregon National Guard and Office of Emergency Management as well as the Governor’s Homeland Security Advisor. Hokanson received an engineering degree from West Point, and has earned multiple masters degrees in international security and strategic studies. The general’s combat deployments include Operations JUST CAUSE, ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM, commanding the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team in Iraq and serving as chief of staff for Combined Joint Task Force Phoenix in Afghanistan. Expressing his desire to serve at WOU, Hokanson said, “In addition to my wife being a graduate of Western, the National Guard has a strong and enduring relationship with the university; and the university is a great supporter of the Oregon National Guard and all Veterans.”
Ivan Hurtado, a 2006 alumnus of Western Oregon University, earned a bachelor’s degree with a double major in economics and international studies. He is a recipient of WOU’s Student Enrichment Program Student of the Year award. Hurtado is an underwriter for Farmers Insurance and serves Oregon youth through a volunteer directorship of Hillsboro Young Life, which supports the students of Hillsboro and Century High Schools who are often from low‐income and/or underrepresented families. He is also a board member of Grace Extended Ministries International.
Gloria Ingle was raised on the reservation of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians. Ingle completed a successful 30‐year career in education, serving as both an elementary teacher and a K‐12 principal receiving her special education and superintendent endorsements from the University of Alaska. She continues to serve the Confederated Tribes of Siletz as a council member and elder. With her expertise in education, she also contributes on curriculum review and accreditation committees. Ingle attended Western Oregon University before completing a degree from Sheldon Jackson College in Sitka, Alaska and a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Alaska.
Cecelia ‘Cec’ Koontz has served WOU’s Monmouth community as a city councilor since 2010, treasurer for the Monmouth‐Independence Community Foundation, member of the Finance Committee of the Monmouth‐Independence Chamber of Commerce, and is a panelist for the Oregon Arts Commission/Oregon Cultural Trust Grants programs. Koontz served on the Monmouth Economic Development Commission and as president for organizations such as the Pentacle Theatre and the Children’s Education Theatre in Salem. In 2012, she was named the Monmouth‐Independence Chamber of Commerce’s First Citizen for her outstanding service to her community. Koontz is the business manager for the Central School District and obtained a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash.
Theodore R. “Ted” Kulongoski is the only governor in Oregon history to have served in all three branches of state government. While in private law practice, Kulongoski was elected to the Oregon House of Representatives (1975‐78) and the State Senate (1978‐83). In 1987, he was appointed Oregon insurance commissioner. Elected Oregon attorney general in 1992, he reformed the state juvenile justice system and created the Oregon Youth Authority. In 1997, he was elected to the Oregon Supreme Court, where he served until mid‐2001. He was inaugurated as governor of Oregon in 2003 and was reelected in 2006. Kulongoski understands what it is like for students who face adversity. He spent his childhood in a Catholic boys’ home from a very young age. Following high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. Kulongoski later received a bachelor’s degree and a law degree from the University of Missouri – Columbia. Kulongoski said, “My interest in WOU is a reflection of my interest in higher education generally, especially public institutions of higher education. The Quality Education Model and the 40‐40‐20 goal are important to Oregon’s future. We need to keep both our large universities and our small ones affordable for working‐class students if Oregon is going to meet its aspirations for future economic development. I’m a big believer in small colleges and universities. They can be centers of excellence. They can be welcoming places especially for students who are the first in their families to attend college. They can foster a ‘thinking life.’ WOU can do all of that and I am delighted to be part of it.”
Dr. John Minahan, former president of Western Oregon University, has served as both a teacher and educator in the field of higher education for more than 35 years. Prior to his arrival at WOU, he served as academic vice president at Xavier University. Minahan joined Western in 1986, serving as the dean of liberal arts and sciences until 1998 when he was appointed to the position of provost. In 2005, he was appointed president and retired from WOU in 2011 after completing 25 years of service. During his tenure at Western Oregon University, Minahan had the privilege of assisting WOU in its progression from a college of education to a comprehensive university offering degrees in the arts, business, sciences, social sciences, humanities and education. Minahan said that “having been educated at private colleges and universities and, having reported to governing boards at both private and public schools, I am familiar with the responsibilities of those who serve as university trustees. It will be my distinct privilege to serve as a trustee at WOU as the university enters its newest stage of development.” Minahan holds a doctorate degree in philosophy from Georgetown University.
Dr. Jeanette Mladenovic has 27 years of experience in academic administration, having held positions as chair or chief of the Department of Medicine, dean for education, faculty and hospital affiliations, and director of research education and career development. She currently serves as the provost and vice president for academic affairs at Oregon Health & Science University. Nationally, she has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Internal Medicine and is an active member of the American Board of Medical Specialties, the Association of Professors of Medicine and its Board, the American Society of Hematology, and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Mladenovic said, “WOU is one of OHSU’s nursing campuses, and as such, has provided me the opportunity to learn about the university’s unique mission and programs. Its history of commitment to diverse communities of students makes it essential in the Oregon landscape of higher education. I would eagerly embrace the opportunity to participate in Western’s future.” Mladenovic obtained both her bachelor’s degree and her medical degree from the University of Washington and earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Miami, School of Business.
Lane Shetterly, alumnus of Western Oregon University, is a partner in the law firm Shetterly Irick and Ozias in Dallas, Ore. From 2004 through 2007, Shetterly was the director of the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD). Prior to his appointment, Shetterly served seven years in the Oregon Legislature, serving as speaker pro tem of the House from 2001 until he resigned to become director of DLCD. He is chair of the Oregon Law Commission, a position he has held since 1998, and was appointed by the governor in 2005 to serve as a representative from Oregon on the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. During his first session in the legislature, he was privileged to be the chief sponsor of HB 2364, which established WOU as a university. In 2010, he received the Henry and Helen Graven Award for his contributions to community, church and society from Wartburg College, Iowa, past recipients of which include Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Greg Mortensen. He was awarded the Western Oregon University Alumni Award of Excellence in 2004. Shetterly earned a bachelor’s degree in education from WOU and a JD from Northwestern School of Law. Shetterly said, “It is my honor and my pleasure to receive appointment to the new Western Oregon University Board of Trustees.”
Louis C. Taylor graduated with a degree in international business from WOU in 1998 and served his alma mater as a trustee on the WOU Foundation Board from 2000-10, acting as treasurer from 2007-09. He is an active member of the WOU Football Alumni Association and established the Louis Taylor Football Scholarship in 2004. Taylor was also selected as All American Athlete during his time at WOU. Beginning his career in finance with a private Wall Street based firm in Beaverton, Ore., and moving to Crown Capital Securities, L.P., serving as an independent financial advisor, in 2010, he formed Taylor Wealth Management where he currently serves as a senior financial advisor. He is also co‐founder and chief operations officer for Zon Compounding, LLC. Taylor said, “WOU has played an instrumental part of my success in life. It was and is a university that gives individuals hope at furthering their education. My board experience speaks for itself; and the fact that WOU has been granted independent status makes me want to be an instrumental part of the new board, shaping the future of an institution that has shaped mine.”
Dr. Cornelia Paraskevas, professor of English, has been teaching at WOU for 25 years. During her tenure, she has served as department chair, faculty senator, member of the Western Oregon University Faculty Union (WOUFT) bargaining team, writing coordinator, and editor of accreditation reports (1996 and 2013). In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Paraskevas actively serves Salem-Keizer schools conducting writing and language workshops for K-12 grades. In the early 2000s she helped develop a unique four-year partnership with the Oregon Department of Education. Through this partnership, WOU students enrolled in writing and education courses were given the opportunity to score essays written by K-12 grade students as part of the Oregon State test. She co-wrote Western’s dual-credit partnership document with the Hillsboro School District, in support of the state’s 40-40-20 initiative. Paraskevas said, “I am honored to serve on the board of trustees for Western Oregon University. I believe that as an independent institution, we need to position ourselves as the Liberal Arts alternative to high‐price private institutions. To ensure our success, we will need to balance the focus and interests of our students, our institution, our faculty, and our continued service to Oregonians.” Paraskevas earned her doctoral degree in linguistics from the University of Kansas.
Marshall Guthrie has served in higher education since 2003, joining WOU in 2010 and now serves as the director of WOU’s Student Enrichment Program (SEP). Guthrie participated on the WOU Staff Senate for two years, serving as president in 2011‐12. Guthrie is involved in his community, serving as a Monmouth city councilor, chair of the City of Monmouth Budget Committee, the Monmouth representative of the WIMPEG (Public, Education, Government) Broadcast Committee, and co‐chair of the Ford Family Pathways Project – a community group focused on collaboration between the three local communities: WOU, Monmouth and Independence. He is currently serving as an appointed council member on the Monmouth City Council. His passion to serve students who are first‐generation, low income, or disabled, and achieve the dream of a college education is evident in the passion he demonstrates in his work at WOU. Guthrie obtained a bachelor’s degree from University of Iowa and a master’s degree from University of Central Missouri.
Sofia Llamas is an education major at WOU and plans to also complete the Bilingual ESOL Endorsement; her anticipated graduation date is June 2017. Llamas embraces her Mexican heritage and actively participates in the MEChA club, Western’s student organization that encourages the Chicano/Chicana students as they pursue their education. She is a recipient of the MEChA Outstanding Dedication to Education, Travel and Member Development award and will serve in the upcoming year as co‐chair of the club and will also participate in the Ambassador’s Program at WOU.