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Former SOU president Cullinan dies

the death of Mary Cullinan, former Southern Oregon University president, was announced this week by Eastern Washington University.

Former Southern Oregon University president Mary Cullinan, who left the school in 2014 to take the same job at Eastern Washington University, has died.

Eastern Washington University interim President David May broke the news to the EWU community Monday. No cause of death has been released.

“I don’t have any details to share, but it is a shock,” May wrote in an email to EWU employees.

Cullinan resigned from EWU last year following a vote of no confidence from the university’s faculty senate and following the resignation served as a special assistant to May.

She retained a position as a professor in the English department and, according to The Easterner, was expected to begin teaching following a nine-month sabbatical.

Cullinan was president of SOU for eight years before leaving shortly after 63 percent of the faculty at SOU voted that they were not confident in Cullinan’s leadership.

The vote was just below a two-thirds threshold that faculty needed to make a formal recommendation to the Oregon chancellor for Cullinan’s removal.

Before coming to SOU, Cullinan was provost and vice president for academic affairs at Stephen F. Austin University in Texas and held administrative jobs in the California State University system. She was dean of the College of Arts, Letters and Sciences at Cal State Stanislaus.