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University of Portland picks new President

by: UNIVERISTY OF PORTLAND - Rev. Mark L. PoormanThe University of Portland has named Rev. Mark L. Poorman, C.S.C., as its 20th president.

D. Allen Lund, chairman of the University’s board of regents, made the announcement Saturday, Jan. 25.

“We believe Fr. Poorman is the ideal person to build upon the foundation laid by Fr. Beauchamp and his predecessors,” said Thomas D. Arndorfer, a UP regent and chairman of the presidential search committee. “He will guide the University forward while remaining true to our mission of teaching and learning, faith and formation, service and leadership.”

Poorman — serving as executive vice president at UP — will succeed Rev. E. William Beauchamp, C.S.C., who will step down from the presidency at the conclusion of the 2013-14 academic year. Fr. Beauchamp has served as the University’s president since 2003.

by: UNIVERSITY OF PORTLAND - The Universty of Portland is located along the Willmatte River in North Portland.A 14-member committee of UP community members conducted the presidential search process, which included meetings with the committee as well as faculty members, administrators, students and alumni.

Fr. Poorman has held his position as executive vice president since 2011. In that capacity, he has overseen the divisions of university operations, financial affairs, university relations and student affairs. He also serves as a professor of theology and pastoral resident of Schoenfeldt Hall.

Prior to arriving at the Catholic university in North Portland, Poorman served as vice president for student affairs at the University of Notre Dame for more than a decade.

Fr. Poorman will serve as president-elect while Fr. Beauchamp completes his tenure.

A welcome reception will be held on campus at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 27, in the Bauccio Commons board room. It is free and open to the public.