LA GRANDE — Now that the dust has settled on the interview process, Kelly Ryan, who is set to become Eastern Oregon University’s next president in July, has had a chance to reflect a bit on her new position.

Ryan, the interim chancellor of Indiana University Southeast, was appointed president by the EOU Board of Trustees on Tuesday, May 9. Ryan succeeds Tom Insko, who stepped down in 2022 to take a position as president and chief executive officer of Collins, a wood products company based in Wilsonville. Insko had served as EOU’s president since July 2015.

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