Linfield University names Kerry Carmody Interim Chair of the Board of Trustees

Kerry Carmody talks at a podiumLinfield University on Tuesday announced that Vice Chair Kerry Carmody ’73 will assume a new role as Interim Chair of the Board of Trustees effective October 1. Carmody has served on the Board of Trustees since 2008, and currently serves as chair of Linfield’s $75 million “Spark Wonder” campaign, seeking to raise financial resources for endowed scholarships, faculty support and campus facilities.

“I am honored to serve this great institution as Interim Chair. It is exciting to be part of Linfield during this time of evolution and progress, and I look forward to working with faculty, staff, administration and the Linfield community as we design and begin our new strategic planning process,” Carmody said. “As Linfield adapts to meet the needs of a new generation of students and the demands of a quickly evolving world of higher education, the Board also has to adapt and change. That is our challenge and our charge.”

Carmody previously served as CEO of Providence Holy Cross Medical Center near Los Angeles and chief operating officer of the California region for Providence Health. A 1973 graduate of Linfield with a degree in chemistry, Carmody went on to earn a master’s degree in clinical laboratory science from Cal State-Dominguez Hills and a Master of Business Administration from the University of La Verne. Steadfast in their support of Linfield, Kerry and his wife, Kristie, have invested significantly in the W.M Keck Science Center, the School of Nursing and the Carmody Endowed Scholarship, among other initiatives.

Carmody will replace David Baca ’78, a Harvard Law School graduate and former managing partner of the Davis Wright Tremaine law firm. He served as chair of the Linfield Board of Trustees since 2017.

“Kerry has the experience and enthusiasm to lead Linfield through this period of transformation and growth,” said Miles K. Davis, Linfield president. “He will bring fresh ideas and perspectives and shares our commitment to re-envisioning learning, challenging students to explore greater possibilities and building a welcoming and supportive community.”

Linfield University is an independent, non-profit university with campuses in McMinnville and Portland, Oregon. Since 1858, Linfield has connected a traditional liberal arts experience with practical education through 56 majors, including wine studies, sport management and nursing. For three years running, U.S. News & World Report magazine has named Linfield one of the top liberal arts colleges in the nation when it comes to social mobility. Thirty-two percent of Linfield students are first-generation college students, and more than one-third are U.S. students of color. Linfield competes in the NCAA Division III Northwest Conference. Learn more at