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College Possible Oregon Welcomes New Board Member

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Sona Karentz Andrews to the Oregon board of directors!

A professor of geography and provost emerita at Portland State University, Andrews grew up in New England and has lived in Portland for 10 years. She began her college studies at the Nishan Palanjian Armenian College in Beirut, Lebanon and completed her bachelor’s degree in geography from Worcester State College in Massachusetts. She has a master’s and Ph.D. in geography from Arizona State University.

Andrews has held faculty appointments in geography at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Boise State University and Portland State University. She has held administrative appointments at a number of universities, including serving as Portland State University’s provost and vice president for academic affairs, the vice chancellor of the Oregon University System, and provost and vice president for academic affairs at Boise State.

“I have seen firsthand, through my education as a first-gen college student and my 39 years as a university faculty member and administrator, the role we all play in student success. The work that College Possible does to support students all the way until college graduation is incredibly important. I’m excited to work alongside my fellow directors and with the entire Oregon team to get more students to graduation.” –Dr. Sona Karentz Andrews

Andrews currently serves on the Portland Opera board in addition to College Possible. Her previous board service includes Oregon Humanities, Planned Parenthood Willamette Valley, the City Club of Boise, Wisconsin Women in Higher Education Leadership and the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame.


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