Linda Schott steps in as President of SOU

Ashland, Ore. — New leadership for a new academic year — Linda Schott is stepping into the role as President of Southern Oregon University. For her first official day, Schott was welcomed with the keys to her new office, and a public reception.

During a private meeting on Monday, Schott told NBC5 News her main focus this year is talking to students, staff, and the community. She said she’s hoping to get a better understanding of what the university means to everyone, and how they would like to see it evolve.

“Listening to people, so I can really understand what people are passionate about here at the University, and then start thinking with them together about where we want to go in the future,” Schott said.

A public reception to welcome president Schott began at 4:30 at Hannon Library on Monday. She most recently served as President of University of Maine at Presque Isle.

President Schott and her husband arrived in the Rogue Valley last Wednesday. She said she’s very excited to get to know the school, as well as Southern Oregon.

Natalie Weber anchors Your Place @ 7, and reports for NBC5 News at 5 and 6. She is also the spokesperson for S.O. Close to Homeless, a community discussion on homelessness in our region, started by Access and NBC5 News.

Natalie began her career in journalism as an intern with NBC5 News during her senior year at South Medford High School. Following graduation, she was promoted to Producer for the morning news broadcast for NBC’s sister station, FOX26, then to Producer for NBC5 News at Sunrise.

Natalie took a break from news to work for the Medford Police Department as a Records Specialist. However, she missed the fast-paced environment of the newsroom. Natalie moved back to her hometown of Eureka, California to start her on-air career with North Coast News KAEF ABC23 before returning once again to NBC5 News.

Natalie attended Southern Oregon University. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, getting lost in a good book, and exploring Southern Oregon.

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