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New VP believes education is key

After months of searching, Linfield has a new Vice President for Finance and Administration.

Mary Ann Rodriguez, who will assume the position on Dec. 9, has worked in higher education for over 20 years and is currently the Vice President for Administration and Finance at California State University.

“I was truly impressed,” Rodriguez said in an email. “Linfield College is a high-quality Liberal Arts institution with a strong academic and student focused reputation, and is located in one of the best areas of Oregon.”

Rodriguez began working in higher education due to her belief that higher education is the primary path in attaining the “American Dream” and upward mobility for individuals in communities.

“Working at a state university where access to this education became the focus of my work allowed me to truly understand the transformational change that occurs by having a college education,” Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez was selected after a search committee, consisting of about a dozen various representatives of different sectors of the college, conducted several stages of interviews. Senior Dillon Casados, Associated Students of Linfield College president, was a part of the selection committee along with Thomas L. Hellie, Linfield president, who chaired the search committee.

With over 50 applicants, the process included inviting the top seven applicants for 75-minute interviews with the Linfield search committee at the Portland International Airport and conducting two-day interviews with the three final applicants.

“It was a long, complicated process,” Hellie said. “We had a very strong pool of candidates…so it was a tough decision for a good reason.”

Throughout the two-day interview, the finalists for the position made several public presentations, after which the search committee invited anyone who encountered the finalists to fill out a survey and send their impressions of the applicants to the search committee. The search committee received over 150 responses, many of which gave a positive review of Rodriguez.

“Everyone who had worked with her talked about how consultative she is,” Hellie said. “She [also] seemed especially interested in our students. She was interested in meeting them and always asked questions about them. She understood that our mission begins with educating students.”

Rodriguez plans on simply listening to students, faculty and staff to find out more about Linfield and what their needs are once she assumes her position.

“I don’t plan on making any changes until after thoughtful consultation with members of the college community,” Rodriguez said. “As for change, Linfield has a strong leadership team, and over next few years I am sure there will be change, but not without discussion and collaboration with all involved.”

Samantha Sigler / Editor-in-chief

Samantha Sigler can be reached at linfieldrevieweditor@gmail.com.

Linfield’s student body elects new ASLC president, vice

Joel Ray/Senior photographer
Senior Nic Miles (left), outgoing ASLC president, along with other Cabinet members and Dan Fergueson, director of College Activities, surprise junior Dillon Casados with the announcement of Casados’ newly elected presidency.
Joel Ray/Senior photographer Senior Nic Miles (left), outgoing ASLC president, along with other Cabinet members and Dan Fergueson, director of College Activities, surprise junior Dillon Casados with the announcement of Casados’ newly elected presidency.

Joel Ray/Senior photographer
Senior Nic Miles (left), outgoing ASLC president, along with other Cabinet members and Dan Fergueson, director of College Activities, surprise junior Dillon Casados with the announcement of Casados’ newly elected presidency.

Junior Dillon Casados was elected the Associated Students of Linfield College president, and junior Jake Baker was elected vice president on March 12.

Casados won with 387 votes and Baker won with 299. A total of 42 percent of the student body voted in the presidential elections, and 42 percent voted in the vice presidential elections.

“I’ve realized that when you put your mind to something and you put every ounce of passion that you embody into it, there are no limits” Casados said in an email.

Within the next few weeks, ASLC will be hiring for a new Cabinet. There have been around 15 applications. A board consisting of Casados, Baker and a few other past and present ASLC and Senate members will interview all of the applicants. Casados’ main goal for electing the new ASLC Cabinet is to go into interviews with an open mind to find the right person for each position.

“Over the next few months, I plan on being in constant contact with Nic [Miles] to better understand what my obligations consist of as president,” Casados
said in an email.

Casados is also excited to be working alongside Baker, and said he believes that their personalities complement one another nicely.

“We are on the same page in terms of ASLC and what we want to do,” Baker said. “This makes a big difference.”

Baker is excited to meet new people and have the chance to work with different groups around campus that he would not otherwise be able to interact with.

His goals for the upcoming year include meeting with organizations around campus, such as Greek Life, social programs and clubs to generate ideas for new projects.

“I want students and faculty to know that I am taking this job very seriously,” Baker said. “I would really like to leave Linfield knowing that I made tangible changes around campus.”

Samantha Sigler/News editor

Samantha Sigler can be reached at linfieldreviewnews@gmail.com.