Linda Samek selected as George Fox's provost

Linda SamekAfter conducting a national search, George Fox University hired one of its own to oversee the school’s academic programs for the future. Linda Samek, former dean of the school’s College of Education, was named provost of the Newberg, Ore.-based school in late December 2013.

Samek's assignment comes after she had served as interim provost to begin the 2013-14 academic year – a position she took on after former provost Patrick Allen transitioned to a role as a professor of educational leadership in the university’s College of Education following the 2012-13 year.

Previously, Samek was dean of George Fox’s College of Education (2008-2013) and provost at Corban University (2006-2008).

“I am pleased to make a long-term commitment to the George Fox community,” Samek said. “I feel very much at home here and am looking forward to the coming-of-age of a great university.”

As provost, Samek said her goals include developing a strategic plan for educational technology and faculty development; redesigning and implementing processes for budget and curriculum management in the university’s new academic structure; and ensuring the academic success of the school's increasingly diverse student population.

Prior to her stint as provost at Corban, Samek worked as deputy director and coordinator of teacher education for Oregon’s Teacher Standards and Practices Commission and as co-director of the Oregon University System’s Quality Assurance in Teaching Program in the early 2000s.

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.