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7/6/2006 Interim vice president named at Linfield College

McMINNVILLE -- Paul J. Aslanian, former vice president for finance and planning at Swarthmore College, has been named interim vice president for finance and administration at Linfield College.

Aslanian replaces Carl Vance who resigned as vice president for finance and administration to accept a position as vice president for business and finance and treasurer of Lewis and Clark College in Portland.

Aslanian, who retired from Swarthmore in 2002, has consulted with a number of colleges and organizations and teaches periodically at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn.

"I am very excited that Paul has agreed to work at Linfield," President Thomas L. Hellie said. "He has extensive experience and has won national awards for his work in college financial administration. I believe Paul's expertise, coupled with the experienced, talented staff we have in place in finance and administration, can help us move forward strategically during the coming year."

Hellie said that the college would conduct a national search for a full-time vice president of finance and administration during the coming months.

Aslanian was a member of the economics faculty at Macalester College from 1967 to 1995, also serving as chief financial officer from 1974 to 1995. He served as vice president for finance and planning at Swarthmore College from 1995 until he retired in 2002. He continues as a visiting professor of economics at Macalester and is also a senior advisor to Emeriti Retirement Health Solutions, a consortium of colleges and universities that is exploring new insurance opportunities for retirees.

Aslanian has a bachelor's degree and a master's degree from the University of Washington and has completed course work toward a Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota. He is a certified public accountant and a recent president of the Central Association of College and University Business Officers, and currently serves on the boards of the National Association of College and University Business Officers, the Commonfund and the Schubert Club.