Blair Moody Appointed New SOU Foundation Board President

Moody continues his 24-year involvement with SOU as new Board president

(Ashland, Ore) The Southern Oregon University Foundation has appointed Blair Moody of Medford, Ore. as the new Foundation Board President after two years as the board’s vice president. A Certified Forester and Fellow in the Society of American Foresters, Moody is employed with the Medford District of the Bureau of Land Management and Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.

“I have the fortune to work with a great cross section of community volunteers who care about students, education and their community,” Moody said. “As trustees of the board, we value our university and the students who attend SOU. Serving these future leaders serves our community.”

Moody’s officers are Dan Thorndike of Medford, Ore. as vice president, Geoffrey Cutler of Medford, Ore. as treasurer and Sue Kupillas of Medford, Ore. as secretary.

Moody has served SOU since 1987 and is currently the Chair of the SOU Environmental Studies Program Advisory Council. Appointed to the University Foundation Board in 1996, Moody was a past president of the SOU Regional Advisory Board, and served on the SOSC Community Relations Advisory Board.

“We are delighted that Blair has stepped forward to lead our SOU Foundation,” said Sid DeBoer, trustee and former board president. “He has been a very dedicated supporter of the university and has all the attributes required to provide the leadership to continue to take our institution to new levels of success.”

Moody is past President of the United Way of Jackson County and the Mt. Ashland Association Board of Directors.

“Blair is an asset to our foundation board,” said Sylvia Kelley, VP for Development and Executive Director of the SOU Foundation. “His dedication to the community and his commitment to service and education make him a tremendous leader.”

A graduate of Northern Arizona University with a B.S. in Forestry, Moody is the former president of the Northern Arizona University School of Forestry Alumni Association and currently serves on the school’s Advisory Council.  In 1997, Moody received the Outstanding Forestry Alumnus Award for high achievement and support of Forestry Education.

Moody and his wife, Carol, who serves on the SOU Alumni Board, reside in Medford, Ore.

About the Southern Oregon University Foundation

The Southern Oregon University Foundation is a private, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization affiliated with the University. All fundraising and investment activities of the Foundation are limited to the University. The Foundation assets and earnings are distributed to colleges, departments and programs of the University based upon the donors’ wishes, and if funds are unrestricted, at the direction of the Foundation’s volunteer Board of Trustees in response to priority requests from the University President.

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