Alumna Liz Luras has joined the university as the director of alumni and parent relations. She earned a bachelor’s degree in organizational management and leadership from the university and is currently completing an MBA at the Portland Center. Liz is an Army intelligence veteran and formerly served as one of the nation’s leading military advocates, having addressed Congress in Washington, D.C. and at The White House, on multiple occasions, in regards to legislation affecting veterans and military personnel, as well as regarding national security and anti-terrorism. Her work with nonprofits and government agencies earned her the honor of Oregon Woman Veteran of the Year in 2016. She brings more than 17 years of experience in government relations, business consulting, marketing and humanitarian work. Liz is an avid mountain climber and outdoor enthusiast. She believes that one brave voice speaking in truth can inspire others, and have a profound impact on the world.
The university has hired two new deans, both of whom will join the university in July. Jekabs Bikis will serve as dean of the College of Business, joining the university after working as chair of the Business Administration Department at LCC International University in Lithuania since 2014. Before that, he spent eight and a half years at Dallas Baptist University, serving as an assistant and associate professor of business, in addition to working in a number of administrative roles. In all, he has 14 years of teaching and administrative experience.
Also joining George Fox will be Ryan Ingersoll, as dean of libraries. He arrives from Seattle Pacific University, where he has been head of library technology since 2010. Before that, he spent two years as a teaching and learning spaces liaison at Augsburg College in Minneapolis.
More information about both new deans will be featured after they have arrived on campus.