President Linda Schott and husband Tom Fuhrmark at Chamber celebration

SOU recognized for “business-like” operations by Medford Chamber

Southern Oregon University was recognized for its “entrepreneurial and business-like” operations during last weekend’s centennial celebration of the Chamber of Medford/Jackson County.

SOU and the Jackson County Library District each received Spirit of Enterprise Awards during the Chamber’s Excellence in Business awards ceremony on Friday night at the Collier Center for the Performing Arts in Medford.

Those were the fourth and fifth Spirit of Enterprise awards ever presented by the Medford Chamber, and the first since 2017. The awards are intended to recognize efficient operations of government agencies.

“The recipient of this award helps to create a pro-job, pro-growth business environment and culture in our community,” said Lydia Salvey, the Chamber’s vice president for communications and programs. “Innovative programs and strategic plans to boost economic growth are recognized by this award.”

SOU President Linda Schott and Lyn Hennion, chair of the university’s Board of Trustees, accepted the award and congratulated the Medford Chamber on its 100 years of service to the region.

A total of 12 awards were presented on Friday night to individuals, business and other entities. The celebration continued on Saturday night with the Chamber’s 100th Anniversary Party at the Inn at the Commons in Medford.

“For a century now, the Chamber and our community leaders have come together to recognize the talents and achievements of prominent companies and outstanding individuals who have not only progressed in business, but have also succeeded in setting a great example of community involvement and advocacy,” Salvey said.