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9/9/2013 11:45:00 AM
Marylhurst president steps down
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Judith Johansen is sworn in as Marylhurst president in 2008.
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Judith Johansen is sworn in as Marylhurst president in 2008.

Jerry Hudson takes over as the school's interim president.
Jerry Hudson takes over as the school's interim president.

MARYLHURST — Judith Johansen, who has served as president at Marylhurst University since July 2008, stepped down last week. Jerry Hudson, previously president of Willamette University, has been named interim president.

Johansen came to Marylhurst after serving two years as CEO and administrator of Bonneville Power Administration and then five years as president and CEO of PacificCorp. Shortly after taking the post, she joined the Catholic Church.  

“To have had the opportunity to serve in leadership roles in three such different and demanding environments – government, private business and academia – has been both rewarding and challenging,” she said in a statement.

Johansen says she looks forward to continuing her service on nonprofit and corporate boards in the region.

“We are very appreciative of Judi’s outstanding work these past five years,” said Andrew MacRitchie, chair, Marylhurst Board of Trustees. “The board is grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Judi and to learn from her, and we intend to build on the foundation of her leadership, which has set Marylhurst on a proper course for the future.”

In a statement, the college's board says Marylhurst has grown and prospered under Johansen’s leadership. The letter cited renewed accreditation, an opening up of the campus to the community, a new organizational structure, innovations in business education and donor steadiness.

Johansen also made efforts to, as she put it, "dust off" the Catholic identity of Marylhurst, placing vowed religious in key positions and holding seminars on the topic.   

Hudson served as president of Willamette University for 17 years and then as executive vice president of the Collins Foundation for 11 years. He is immediate past board chair of the Oregon Historical Society, and currently serves on the boards of The Library Foundation, Chalkboard Project and Japanese Garden Society.

Hudson began his academic career as professor of history at Pepperdine University, where he became provost before accepting the presidency of Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn. Later, during his tenure as president of Willamette University, he served as a director and member of the executive committee of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. He holds advanced degrees in American History from Tulane University.

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