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President Insko recently sat down with our managing editor of The Mountaineer Magazine to share his distinctive experience and approach to ensuring EOU’s success in a new era.
Tom Insko named EOU’s 12th president
Tom Insko, an Eastern Oregon University alumnus, is the institution’s 12th president. Prior to his selection in May by the Oregon State Board of Higher Education, he served as area manager of Boise Cascade’s Inland Region in La Grande.
“It’s very exciting and humbling to have this opportunity to come back to EOU in this capacity and be part of a great team and work together to create an even more fantastic future for this university,” he said. “I plan on spending a lot of time finding out what faculty, staff and students consider our value proposition to be and understanding their hopes, dreams and vision for EOU, so that together, we can begin to develop a strategy for success for the university.”
During his 20 years with Boise Cascade, Insko held positions from administrative analyst to area manager with responsibilities for all inland manufacturing facilities and sales organization for the composite panel business. He also managed state and federal forest policy for the company and serves on the Oregon State Board of Forestry and the Western Resources Legal Center.
Insko’s ongoing involvement with the university includes two terms as president of the EOU Foundation and several years as a Foundation trustee. He is also a member of EOU’s newly formed governing Board of Trustees.
A native of eastern Oregon, Insko grew up on a family farm 35 miles north of La Grande. He earned two degrees from EOU in mathematics and business economics and played intercollegiate basketball for the Mountaineers. He holds a master’s of business administration from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va.