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SOU names Linda Schott as its new president

Linda Schott, president of University of Maine at Presque Isle, has been named the next president of Southern Oregon University following a unanimous vote today of the SOU Board of Trustees.

She will succeed Roy Saigo, who will retire in July after serving as president of SOU since July 2014.

“We are extremely pleased to have a person and educator of Dr. Schott’s quality to be the next president of SOU,” SOU board Chair Bill Thorndike said in a news release. “Following our nationwide search, and out of a very deep pool of competitive applicants, her qualifications, experience and interactions with the SOU community elevated her to the top.”

Schott holds a doctorate in history and humanities from Stanford University, a master’s degree in history, also from Stanford, and a bachelor’s degree in history and German from Baylor University.

Prior to becoming president of University of Maine at Presque Isle, Schott held various positions in higher education teaching and administration, including dean of the School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Fort Lewis College in Colorado; associate dean for the College of Arts and Sciences at Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti; and numerous faculty appointments.

“We are certain that Dr. Schott’s leadership style, vision and values are aligned with the SOU mission and that she is a great fit for the university and the greater Rogue Valley community,” Thorndike added.

"I'm thrilled to have been selected as the next president of Southern Oregon University. SOU has a strong history and a bright future, and I am privileged to be able to serve as its president,” Schott said in the release. “My husband, Tom, and I fell in love with the campus and the community during our interview, and we look forward to doing great work and building new friendships in the years ahead."

Schott will assume the presidency July 29.

Linda Schott, shown here on a June 2 campus tour, has been named president of Southern Oregon University following a national search. Mail Tribune file photo