Linda Samek, Provost
After serving as provost on an interim basis to begin the 2013 academic year, Linda Samek was officially named the university's provost in December of 2013.
Previously, Samek was dean of George Fox's School of Education (2008-2013) and served as provost at Corban University. She has also worked as deputy director and coordinator of teacher education for Oregon's Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (2001-02) and as co-director of the Oregon University System's Quality Assurance in Teaching Program (2000-01).
As an educator, Samek chaired a number of accreditation teams for the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, and she's been a member of various statewide task forces shaping public PreK-12 education, including the Chalkboard Project Task Force on Teacher and Administrator Quality and the Education Pathways Project.
Her hiring as dean of the School of Education in 2008 marked a return to George Fox for Samek, who taught at the university from 1996 to 2000 and was chair of the school's Department of Education from 1997 to 2000.
In all, she has more than 30 years of experience in higher education. Prior to her four-year tenure at George Fox in the late 1990s, she worked for 16 years at Corban in a variety of roles, including chair of the school's Department of Education and Mathematics, as an associate professor of education and mathematics, and as director of teacher education.
Samek earned a bachelor's degree in science education/mathematics from Oregon State, a master's degree in math education from Portland State University, and a doctorate in educational leadership from Portland State.
She enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her family on their farm in Sublimity, Ore.