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2/14/2007 Thomas Hellie to be inaugurated as Linfield College's 19th president

McMINNVILLE – Linfield College will inaugurate Thomas L. Hellie as its 19th president Friday, March 2, at 3 p.m. in the Ted Wilson Gymnasium.

"Educating Global Citizens" is the theme of the inauguration which features a week-long series of events including panel discussions on global health, global warming and former Linfield Fulbright scholars discussing their experiences. In addition, a lecture on preparing students for a global arena is planned along with an evening performance of Asian music and a lecture by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy Kidder.

Representatives from nearly 60 colleges and universities from the U.S. and abroad will participate in the inaugural ceremony, along with faculty, trustees and other dignitaries.

The inauguration marks Hellie's formal induction in office, although he began his duties last April. The ceremony provides an opportunity for the college to celebrate its heritage and its future as well as a forum to explore some contemporary issues.

Hellie has spent his entire professional career in higher education. He was a tenured faculty member in theatre and English at Hiram College in Ohio from 1980 to 1989. He served as program officer and vice president for the Associated Colleges of the Midwest from 1989 to 1999. The ACM is a consortium of 14 leading liberal arts colleges. From 1999 until assuming his duties at Linfield he was the president and executive director of the James S. Kemper Foundation in Chicago, Ill.

Hellie has had extensive international experience as a student, faculty member and administrator. He studied and taught abroad, and also administered off-campus study programs at a dozen sites on four continents while at the ACM. Hellie has a bachelor's degree (magna cum laude) in theatre from Luther College and a master's degree and Ph.D. in theatre history from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He previously served as a trustee of Lenoir-Rhyne College in North Carolina and as a trustee of the U.S. Business School in Prague, Czech Republic, from 2000 to 2005. In 1996, Palacký University (Czech Republic) awarded him its highest honor, the Pametni Medal, for his contributions to Czech higher education.

For a full schedule of events, go to, or call 503-883-2222. All events are free and open to the public.