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Strickland named interim leader at Multnomah University as Lockwood retires


PORTLAND — Effective Nov. 2, Wayne Strickland is serving as interim president at Multnomah University. Because of health issues, Daniel Lockwood, who has served as Multnomah president for more than 16 years, has stepped down from the post a few months earlier than originally announced.
Multnomah’s trustees announced Strickland’s appointment Oct. 17.
“I am humbled and privileged to step in and serve at this difficult time in our family,” said Strickland, who has been at the university since 1991 and has been provost and vice president for Multnomah the past two years. “While saddened by Dr. Lockwood’s premature retirement, I look forward to serving students, faculty and staff with all my energy.”
Lockwood had planned to retire next summer, but the health concerns prompted him to leave the position Nov. 1. He plans to spend more time with his family.
“November 1 seems like a reasonable time for me to step down from the presidency of Multnomah,” Lockwood said. “My wife, Jani, and I appreciate your prayers as we make these important transitions and as we embark on a new therapy for my illness that could prove to have some effectiveness in the months to come.”
Lockwood was diagnosed with cancer in 2004, but remained asymptomatic and was able to continue on the job since then. His initial plans to retire last summer were announced earlier this year.
Jack Dryden, trustees chairman, said it has been an honor to work with Lockwood over the years.
He said Lockwood has been an exceptional leader and an inspiration to the people whose lives he has touched.
“During his tenure, the school has established additional teaching sites, added buildings to its Portland campus, obtained additional accreditations and expanded its curricular offerings,” Dryden said.
“Beyond all of these achievements, the many students, staff and faculty who have been influenced by Dr. Lockwood are perhaps his greatest accomplishment.
“Our prayers and very best wishes are with Dr. Lockwood and his family as he begins this new phase of his life. His presence will be missed by all of us at Multnomah University.”
Dryden said Strickland brings a wealth of experience and a deep understanding of the university’s mission to the position.
“The board is enthusiastic that Wayne has agreed to serve as acting president,” Dryden said. “Wayne has the expertise and the confidence of the faculty and staff to lead us at this time.”
The university’s Presidential Search Committee will continue the search process for a permanent leader that was launched in August.