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Nov. 2, 2017 La Grande, Ore. −After decades apart, Eastern Oregon University reunited with a long-ago exchange student this summer. Peter Geissinger fell head-over-heels for the Grande Ronde Valley when he was 24 years old on an exchange program from Germany.

Following three short weeks in La Grande, Geissinger left to complete his doctorate in physics and start a career in academics, but he always hoped to return to the community that had shown such generosity toward its foreign visitors.

This summer, he snapped up the opportunity for a long-awaited homecoming.

“It’s just as friendly and welcoming as I remember it,” Geissinger said. “I see this as an opportunity to give back to the region.”

Now serving as dean of EOU’s newly created College of Science, Technology, Mathematics and Health Science, Geissinger brings experience as a tenured faculty member and department chair. He plans to establish EOU as a leader and partner in rural communities through interdisciplinary projects. Read more.

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