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IUP Vice President Accepts New Position

Acting Vice President Announced

Robert O. Davies, vice president for University Relations and executive director of the Foundation for IUP, has accepted the position of president of Eastern Oregon University. He will begin his new position on July 1.

“The university community expresses its sincere gratitude for Dr. Davies’ commitment and productive efforts in the university advancement arena,” IUP President Tony Atwater said. “I congratulate him and wish him success in his new appointment. He will be missed at IUP as a member of the administration and a respected member of the IUP community.”

An expedited national search for the position will be launched immediately with the assistance of a search firm.

“It is my goal to have the successful candidate in place at IUP in this position by September 1 to ensure continuing progress of our external fundraising efforts, especially as it relates to the KCAC,” Atwater said.

Atwater also announced that Lynn Iams Barger, IUP associate vice president for Development, has accepted his invitation to serve as acting vice president for University Relations and acting executive director of the Foundation for IUP.

“I have full confidence in Lynn Barger’s expertise and abilities to successfully continue the operation of the University Relations area until a successor to Dr. Davies is officially appointed,” Atwater said.

 “To receive this type of appointment speaks loudly to what IUP is doing well as an institution, and specifically, to my relationship with Dr. Atwater,” Davies said. “He has mentored me and provided me with guidance to enable me to move on to this next level of university leadership.

“The great friends and volunteers at IUP and in the Indiana community are directly responsible for the many achievements IUP has enjoyed over the past three years,” Davies said.

Barger was named IUP’s associate vice president for Development in February 2008. She was selected as IUP’s director of Corporate and Foundation Relations in September 2006.

She serves on the board of Downtown Indiana, Inc., and is cochair of the board’s Economic Restructuring Committee.

Barger came to IUP from Washington & Jefferson College, where she served as director of foundation and government relations, executive director of external relations, and director of alumni relations.

Prior to her work at W&J, Barger served as vice president and director for public relations and as president of the Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau, a regional tourist promotion agency for Fayette, Somerset, and Westmoreland counties. She has also worked as assistant director for the Butler County Chamber of Commerce and as director of the Butler County Visitors Bureau.

Barger received a master of Public Management degree with highest distinction in 1992 from the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management, Carnegie Mellon University, and has a Bachelor of Arts degree from W&J.

Barger received a Congressional appointment to serve as a delegate for the White House Conference on Travel and Tourism in 1995 and served as both a commission member and as chair of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Heritage Preservation Commission.

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