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Dr. Melody Rose


Dr. Melody Rose is the 15th president of Marylhurst University and a nationally recognized scholar of women and politics. Prior to joining Marylhurst, she served as chancellor of the Oregon University System.

Before moving to the Oregon University System, Dr. Rose served in a number of roles at Portland State University, culminating in her service as Vice Provost for Academic Programs & Instruction and Dean of Undergraduate Studies. She is also the founder and first director of the Center for Women, Politics & Policy. Dr. Rose was also professor and chair of the political science division before moving into academic administration.

While on the PSU faculty, Dr. Rose authored a number of award-winning books, articles and chapters on the U.S. presidency, social policy, women and politics, and elections. Her fourth book, an edited volume entitled Women and Executive Office: Pathways and Performance, was published during the 2012 elections. 

Outside of work, Dr. Rose volunteers for education, civic engagement and women's organizations. She was a 2013 Portland Business Journal Women of Influence honoree, and she received the 2010 Governor's Women of Achievement Award. She served as president of the City Club of Portland in 2011-12, and she is an active member of the International Women's Forum.

Dr. Rose received her bachelor's degree in politics from the University of California at Santa Cruz with honors and Phi Beta Kappa distinctions. She earned a Master in Public Administration, Master in Government and Ph.D. in Government from Cornell University.

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