Written for The Argus Observer. Published on May 13, 2015.
Tom Insko has been chosen as Eastern Oregon University’s new president.
He brings with him 20 years of experience at Boise Cascade, where has been an administrative analyst, plant manager, production manager, senior financing manager, region manager, and is currently the area manager for Boise Cascade’s Inland Region.
“[Insko] has a long term commitment to Eastern Oregon University,” said search committee member David Nelson. “He’s ascended the ranks at Boise Cascade. He’s a team builder, he’s considerate, and he has a huge personal stake in EOU.”
Insko grew up on a family farm 35 miles north of La Grande and graduated from Eastern Oregon University with a degree in Mathematics, as well as Business Economics. He received his Masters of Business Administration from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.
He was chosen by a 16 member search committee, which included Nelson and Treasure Valley Community College president, Dana Young.
Cathy Dyck, acting chancellor of the Oregon university system, gave the final approval to create a contract with Insko.
“I know this took a lot of time and effort on everyone’s part and I appreciate all the hard work to bring is to where we are today,” Dyck said. “I believe that Tom Insko brings with him a passion for higher education, for the region, and for EOU. He has experienced both working with and serving on boards and the legislature.”
Dyck said she’s also optimistic for the college’s finances under Insko’s leadership, “as Eastern Oregon University strives for financial stability.”
“[Insko] has a deep understanding of finance and budgeting,” Dyck explained.
Insko, who was at Eastern Oregon University when the announcement was made, thanked the state board of higher education and the search committee for their “dedication and discernment during this robust search process.”
“I am humbled by this opportunity to serve as the Eastern Oregon University President,” Insko said. “I love this university and I love this region.”
Insko said he knows the university faces many challenges, “but with our complementary talents we’ll restore financial stability reinvigorate the academic experience and be partners in discovery as we create pathways to new possibilities for our students and the communities that we serve.”