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.

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