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5/16/2005 Henberg named interim president at Linfield College

McMINNVILLE - Marvin C. Henberg, vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty at Linfield College, has been named interim president. His appointment follows a national search by the Board of Trustees, according to Glenna Kruger, board chair.

Henberg will serve until a new president takes office sometime in 2006. He will begin his duties on July 1 following the June 30 retirement of Vivian A. Bull who has served as Linfield College president for the past 13 years.

"The Board of Trustees is delighted to have a person of Marv Henberg’s caliber and experience lead Linfield College at this time," Kruger said. "Dr. Henberg brings continuity and focus to the important tasks that lie ahead for Linfield College in the coming academic year. The board expects the college to continue to move forward under Dr. Henberg’s leadership."

Henberg was not a candidate for the permanent position and will not be a candidate in the ongoing search, Kruger said. An interim dean of faculty will be appointed in the near future.

"I look forward to leading the college through this period of transition," Henberg said. "It is important that we build upon our recent accomplishments and further strengthen our reputation for excellence which is a hallmark of a Linfield College education."

Henberg has been at Linfield since 1994. As vice president and dean, he has served as the chief academic officer, responsible for all academic programs and hiring of faculty. He helped found the environmental studies program and regularly teaches courses in philosophy and environmental studies.

Henberg has played a major role in shaping the college’s present direction including the adoption of a new curriculum in 1997. He serves as chair of the college Planning Council which has developed a strategic agenda to help set priorities and guide the college’s future growth and financial considerations.

Henberg has a passion for education that has translated into all aspects of his career.

"I deeply believe in the liberating power of education found in the dialogue and discourse of the liberal arts," he said.

Henberg was raised in rural Wyoming and was the first in his family to attend college. He won a full scholarship from Washington and Lee University in Virginia where he graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in English literature and philosophy. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in 1970. He was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship and completed bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Magdalen College at Oxford University. His Ph.D. in philosophy is from the University of Texas at Austin. In addition to the Rhodes Scholarship, he also received a Danforth Fellowship and Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. He has earned numerous teaching awards throughout his career.

Henberg taught at the University of Idaho from 1976 to 1994. He served as chair of the Department of Philosophy for six years and was the inaugural director of the University of Idaho honors program. He spent a year as a visiting associate professor of philosophy at Texas A & M University and a year as a visiting member of the faculty of law at the University of Southampton, England.

He is currently a member of the National Council for Science and the Environment. He has been involved with the Rhodes Scholarship Trust for a number of years and currently serves as State of Oregon secretary. He is the author of many articles and scholarly presentations in the area of philosophy, the environment and ethics. He is the author of "Retribution: Evil for Evil in Ethics, Law and Literature" and is co-editor of two editions of "Readings in the Development of Moral Thought."

He is active in the McMinnville Community and is past president of the McMinnville Kiwanis Club. He and his wife, Laurie, are avid outdoor enthusiasts.