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Bob Davies: A Leader's Legacy

Eastern Oregon University President Bob Davies will step down from his position Monday to become president at Murray State University in Kentucky. Davies has been president of the La Grande school for five years. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)
Eastern Oregon University President Bob Davies will step down from his position Monday to become president at Murray State University in Kentucky. Davies has been president of the La Grande school for five years. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)
 

Eastern Oregon University President Bob Davies’ stint in La Grande coming to an end

Eastern Oregon University President Bob Davies is a master of the split second, self-effacing one liner.

He delivered such a line five years ago to an Observer photographer snapping shots of him during an interview.

“I’d ask you to take a picture of my good side if I had one,” he said with a hearty laugh.  

Today, as Davies reviews the big picture of his five-year career at Eastern, the president is short on one-liners but long on insightful and sometimes emotional reflection. His tenure at EOU has been filled with challenges but, he said, overall the experience has been unforgettably enriching.

“I am tremendously blessed and fortunate to have been here, no question,” Davies said. 

Davies’ days as Eastern’s leader are winding down. He will step down on Monday to become president of Murray State University in Kentucky. 

Davies is not finished at Eastern, however, not by a long shot. He will be greeting hundreds of people over the next four days during the run up to graduation on Saturday and the parties and gatherings that will follow. He can’t wait for the festivities to begin on Saturday. 

“In my mind (graduation) is one of the greatest days on campus,” Davies said.

The outgoing president admits that this commencement will be bittersweet.

“I’m saying goodbye. Graduation will be very emotional,” Davies said.

The ceremony he will preside over Saturday will be for a class of 783, the largest in Eastern’s history. The total will break Eastern’s old record of 774 set in 2012. 

Davies, who had not been a president before coming to Eastern, knows many of the students he will be handing diplomas to.

“A lot of students started when I did. I got a chance to watch them grow and mature, learn and develop. 

For the full story, see Wednesday's issue of The Observer 

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