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Rev. Mark Poorman, C.S.C. becomes University of Portland's 20th President

Rev. Mark L. Poorman, C.S.C., begins his tenure as University of Portland's 20th president today, Tuesday, July 1. The formal inauguration is scheduled for Friday, September 26 in the Chiles Center.

In 2011, Fr. Mark was appointed the University's executive vice president, overseeing the divisions of university operations, financial affairs, university relations, and student affairs. He also served as a professor of theology and taught courses in Christian ethics and moral theology and was a pastoral resident in Schoenfeldt Hall.  Fr. Mark was instrumental in the formation of the Dundon-Berchtold Fund for Moral Development and Applied Ethics, which includes the Character Project and the Dundon-Berchtold Fellowships for students and faculty.

Prior to his appointment, Fr. Mark was a member of the University of Portland's Board of Regents for seven years. He came to the University of Portland from the University of Notre Dame, where he was a member of the theology faculty and vice president for student affairs from 1999-2010. In that capacity, he was responsible for residential life as well as other student services, activities, and programs, including campus ministry, Notre Dame Security Police, the student activities office, the counseling center, health services, the career center, the Office of Alcohol and Drug Education, the Gender Relations Center, and multicultural and international student services.
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The University of Portland is an independently governed Catholic university guided by the Congregation of Holy Cross. U.S. News & World Report ranks the institution as one of the top ten regional universities in the West. It is the only school in Oregon to offer a College of Arts & Sciences, a graduate school, and nationally accredited programs in the schools of business, education, engineering, and nursing.

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