Concordia University Portland Hires Jilma Meneses as COO

Concordia’s academics and mission attract record number of students

PORTLAND, Ore.--()--Following a nationwide search, Concordia University Portland announced it will strengthen its leadership team with the addition of Jilma Meneses as Chief Operating Officer (COO).

“Concordia is reinventing education and how we prepare the next generation for fulfilling careers and lives of service. Jilma is the kind of courageous leader we look forward to having on the team.”

“Jilma brings the experience and the heart of a servant-leader to help Concordia continue to support and strengthen operations in the best interest of our students,” said Concordia University Portland’s President Charles Schlimpert. “Concordia is reinventing education and how we prepare the next generation for fulfilling careers and lives of service. Jilma is the kind of courageous leader we look forward to having on the team.”

Ms. Meneses has served as Portland State University’s (PSU) Chief Diversity Officer since 2010, serving on the president’s executive committee at the vice presidential level. Her anticipated start date at Concordia is November 12, 2014. She has over twenty years of administrative, legal, and business experience, including ten years at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and eight years at Tri-Met. She has engaged the regional community to increase awareness about higher education as a tool that breaks cycles of poverty and discrimination. Ms. Meneses is also founder and CEO of Our Family Adoptions, a humanitarian aid organization providing resources to orphans in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She received her juris doctor from Lewis & Clark Law School and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

Concordia University Portland has a 109-year legacy with a mission to prepare leaders for the transformation of society. The Lutheran liberal arts university, based in Portland, Ore. since 1905, is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges & Universities and enrolls approximately 7,300 students (as of September 2014).

Among Concordia University’s more recent highlights: it was recognized for the fifth consecutive year on the U.S. President’s Community Service Honor Roll; Concordia is Oregon’s fastest-growing university; Concordia opened its new Columbia River Campus in fall 2014, near the Portland International Airport; its athletic program was invited to join NCAA Division II last spring 2014; Concordia’s opened a new School of Law in Boise, Idaho, in fall 2012; and Concordia University’s Hilken Community Stadium opened in NE Portland in spring 2012.

For more about Concordia University Portland, visit www.cu-portland.edu or for Concordia University School of Law in Boise, Idaho, visit www.concordialaw.com.

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