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SOU announces third presidential finalist

Curtis Bridgeman, a distinguished professor at the Willamette University College of Law, will visit campus Oct. 21-22
Photo courtesy of SOU Curtis Bridgeman, the Roderick and Carol Wendt Professor of Business Law at the Willamette University College of Law, has been named a finalist for president of Southern Oregon University.

Southern Oregon University will welcome its third presidential finalist for interviews on campus over the next two days.

Curtis Bridgeman, the Roderick and Carol Wendt Professor of Business Law at the Willamette University College of Law, is scheduled to visit SOU’s Ashland and Medford campuses Thursday and Friday, Oct. 21-22.

Bridgeman will participate in a public community forum at 3:15 p.m. Thursday in Room 151 of the Science Building on SOU’s main campus in Ashland. In-person seating is limited, but the event will be live-streamed at sou.zoom.us/j/84814372404.

After the forum, Bridgeman will go into closed-door interviews with the SOU Board of Trustees at the Hannon Library. Later, he’ll have dinner with board members at the Ashland Springs Hotel.

On Friday, Bridgeman will tour the RCC/SOU Higher Education Center, 101 S. Bartlett St., Medford, where he’ll meet community partners, the members of the SOU Foundation and Audit Committee.

Bridgeman earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama at Huntsville and master’s degree, doctorate in philosophy, and law degree from Vanderbilt University.

Prior to being named a distinguished professor, Bridgeman was dean of Willamette’s College of Law from 2013-20.

Bridgeman’s higher education career took him to the Florida State University School of Law, where his students named him Professor of the Year three times. He later served as FSU’s associate dean for academic affairs.

A teacher of contracts, commercial law and philosophy of law courses, Bridgeman has published numerous articles in leading journals and spoken at law schools around the world.

He is a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Bridgeman’s personal interests include golf, home projects and baking, according to his CV.

Bridgeman is one of five finalists vying to succeed President Linda Schott, who will retire at the end of the year.

Chris Gilmer, president of West Virginia University at Parkersburg and Brock Tessman, the deputy commissioner of the Montana University System, are the other candidates who have been announced so far. The candidates’ names are being withheld until at least 24 hours before their visit for confidentiality reasons, the university said.

For more information on SOU’s presidential search, go to sou.edu/presidential-search.