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Dr. Jay Kenton, interim EOU president

Dr. Jay Kenton, interim EOU president

Jay Kenton appointed interim EOU president

Dr. Jay Kenton has been named interim president of EOU, following a unanimous vote in April by the State Board of Higher Education.

Well known in Oregon and nationally for his innovation and pragmatic problem-solving approach to higher education finance, Kenton formally began as interim EOU president June 16.

Kenton succeeds Eastern’s president of five years, Dr. Bob Davies, who was named president of Murray State University in Kentucky.

Kenton served as vice chancellor of Finance and Administration for the Oregon University System since 2005, and has spent more than 30 years in the Oregon higher education system, including positions at three OUS campuses. His higher education career began in 1983 as assistant director of business affairs at EOU, a position he held until 1986.

“I want to thank the board and especially Chancellor Melody Rose for having the confidence and trust in me to do this job – I will not let you down. I also want the EOU community to know that I look forward to working with them in a transparent and thoughtful manner. We have some hard work to do and I will do my best to collaborate with everyone to create a more sustainable and positive future for EOU and Eastern Oregon,” Kenton said.

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