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SOU’s president Schott to retire

Plans to step down by end of year

Southern Oregon University president Linda Schott announced Thursday that she will retire by the end of the year, ending a short tenure that began when she became SOU’s 13th president less than five years ago.

“I will stay fully engaged until a new president is hired, and all members of my leadership team have indicated to me that they intend to continue in their roles,” Schott said in a message posted on her Facebook page a little before 5 p.m. Thursday. “We are all committed to your success and will do our very best to make the handoff to the next president as smooth and seamless as it can be.”

SOU’s Board of Trustees will discuss Schott’s retirement and the search for the school’s 14th president during its regular meeting April 16, the school announced. A search committee is expected to be formed in the coming weeks.

SOU Board of Trustees chair Paul Nicholson said Schott will leave the university in a good place.

“Linda Schott has been a force for change at SOU; her vision, energy and leadership have transformed the university in a positive way,” Nicholson said through a news release. “The board is deeply appreciative of her work and what she accomplished – all of which has laid a powerful foundation for the challenging work ahead of us.”

Schott was appointed the school’s third president in 10 years in July of 2016 when she was selected from a pool of 77 candidates. She came from the University of Maine at Presque Isle, where she served as president from 2012 to 2016. Before that, she taught at three Texas universities and held administrative positions in Michigan and Colorado.

Schott’s original three-year deal included a $240,000 salary, a house at which she was "required to reside" during her presidency, a vehicle stipend of $1,000 a month and $30,000 for moving expenses.