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David Ellis appointed as Interim President of Lewis & Clark College

January 18, 2017

David Ellis, current vice president, secretary and general counsel of Lewis & Clark, has been named Interim President after Barry Glassner’s recent resignation as president. Glassner plans to focus his time and attention on his writing and his role as a public intellectual. Glassner had served as Lewis & Clark’s president since the fall of 2010 and is the author of numerous books and articles published in prominent academic journals and national newspapers. 

The Board of Trustees has appointed David Ellis, current vice president, secretary and general counsel as interim president. Ellis has served in his current role for the past 13 years, and previously served as associate dean and director of Business Law Programs at Lewis & Clark Law School. For the past two years, David has taught higher education law for the master’s degree program in student affairs administration at Lewis & Clark’s Graduate School of Education and Counseling. 

“Because of his long and dedicated service to Lewis & Clark, Interim President Ellis is well prepared to continue the good work being done, and help position the College for the future,” said Scott Dubchansky, chair of Lewis & Clark’s Board of Trustees. 

Over the past decade, Ellis has served as a member of the United Educators Legal Advisory Board, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities Legal Advisory Board, as board chair and member of the Advisory Board of Hoyt Arboretum Friends, on the City of Portland’s Economic Development Policy Expert Group, and on a variety of advisory committees concerning land use regulation of colleges, universities, and hospitals in Portland.

“Lewis & Clark’s strength comes from its community–its students, faculty, staff, alumni, and Board of Trustees. I very much look forward to collaborating with this talented and committed community to advance opportunities for our students and fulfill the mission of the College,” said Ellis. 

The Board will form a committee of trustees and other representatives from the College to begin planning for the search for a permanent president.

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