A message from President Rick Bailey
SOU President Rick Bailey
Dear Raider friends,
I am pleased to announce that Rob Patridge, whose extensive career and public service experience set him apart from other candidates, will join SOU following a nationwide search to serve as our next general counsel. Rob begins work at SOU on December 5.
Rob’s varied legal career has been punctuated by innovation and leadership, guiding his clients through situations both routine and ground-breaking. His experiences will benefit SOU as we re-engineer our financial structure by developing entrepreneurial revenue sources.
In his current position as regulated products leader at the international Deloitte Consulting firm, Rob has directed several change management efforts for his clients and led government and business leaders through emerging issues in commercial alcohol, tobacco, hemp and cannabis regulation.
In addition, Rob served four years as the Klamath County District Attorney, almost five years as chair of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, two years as general counsel and district director for former U.S. Representative Greg Walden, three terms as State Representative for Oregon House District 50 and two years as a Medford City Council member.
Rob, who earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a law degree from Willamette University, succeeds Jason Catz as SOU’s general counsel.
I want to personally thank our search committee – led by Vice President Toya Cooper – for the successful search that led to Rob’s hiring. I encourage each of you to welcome Rob to our campus and to get acquainted with him as time allows.
Rick Bailey
President, Southern Oregon University
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