Melody Rose, interim chancellor of the Oregon University System, speaks at Eastern Oregon University on Tuesday. (PHIL BULLOCK/The Observer)
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Melody Rose, the interim chancellor for the Oregon University System, had words of reassurance and urgency for Eastern Oregon University’s students and staff on Tuesday.
Rose said she is confident that an interim president for Eastern will soon be named to temporarily succeed outgoing president Bob Davies.
“The next time I come here, it will be to introduce an interim president,” said Rose, who spoke at Inlow Hall Tuesday morning.
The interim president will fill in for Davies, who will leave at the end of June to become president of Murray State University in Kentucky.
She said that Eastern has been fortunate to have someone of Davies’ caliber as president the past five years.
“He has built a phenomenal foundation,” Rose said.
Rose said concerns of Eastern losing Davies and Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs Steve Adkison, who will leave at the end of June to take a position as provost of Henderson State University in Arkansas, have been addressed.
Rose acknowledged that it is tough for Eastern to lose its two top leaders at once, but stressed the departures reflect the skills and talents of Davies and Adkison, whose leadership skills are in demand.