Peter Angstadt to serve as interim VPFA

Interim VPFA: Peter Angstadt to fill the key role

Peter Angstadt, Ph.D.,  has agreed to serve as Southern Oregon University’s interim Vice President for Finance and Administration (VPFA), beginning June 3. Angstadt, who retired in 2016 after serving 12 years as president of Rogue Community College, is currently an adjunct professor in SOU’s MBA Program.

“I am confident that Peter will hit the ground running to support our students, faculty and staff, and help us better connect to our community,” SOU President Rick Bailey said.

SOU recently conducted a nationwide search for the VPFA position, but was unable to identify a candidate who was a mutual fit. The university will reopen its search for a permanent VPFA later this year, and Angstadt is expected to serve in the interim role until the permanent vice president is hired and begins work.

Neil Woolf, SOU’s executive vice president, is currently filling SOU’s VPFA role on a temporary basis. Woolf has been hired to serve as president of New Mexico Highlands University beginning this summer.

Finance and Administration oversees a broad range of campus operations and works closely with the university president on policy and operational issues. The Finance and Administration Office oversees eight SOU departments: Business Services, Budget & Planning, Contracts and Risk Management, Human Resources, Facilities Management & Planning, Campus Public Safety, Information Technology, Sustainability and University Housing. Those departments are collectively known as the Business Affairs Council, which manages all non-academic business operations for the university.

Angstadt is chair of the Asante Board of Directors and has served on many other local, community boards. He worked closely with SOU leadership while president of RCC and has also served as president of Colorado Northwestern Community College, the chief financial officer and Dean of College Services at Oregon’s Clackamas Community College and for two terms (1990-98) as the full-time mayor of Pocatello, Idaho.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in zoology from Colorado State University and two master’s degrees: an M.Ed. in higher education administration from CSU and an MBA from Idaho State University. He earned his doctorate in educational policy and management from the University of Oregon.