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University of Portland names its 20th president

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The Rev. Mark L. Poorman will be University of Portland’s new president. 

Poorman has been selected by the Board of Regents in a process led by a 14-member search committee. The new president will replace Rev. E. William Beauchamp, who will retire at the end of this academic year. Beauchamp has been president since 2003.

Poorman has been the university’s vice president since 2011, overseeing various divisions, including financial affairs, university relations and student affairs. He also taught theology.

Before moving to Portland, Poorman was vice president for student affairs at the University of Notre Dame. He grew up in Arizona, California and Illinois. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English at the University of Illinois, a master of divinity degree from Notre Dame, and a doctorate in Christian ethics from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Calif. He was ordained in 1982.

The University of Portland is a four-year Catholic institution affiliated with the Congregation of Holy Cross.

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