Alumnus appointed interim director of Oregon Historical Society

Willamette university alumnus Kerry Tymchuk '81, JD'84 was recently appointed interim executive director of the Oregon Historical Society. He will take the position in April when the current executive director, George Vogt, retires.

Tymchuk, who earned a history bachelor's degree and a law degree from Willamette, is a native Oregonian who has a distinguished public service career. He worked as a top aide and advisor to Elizabeth Dole, Bob Dole and Gordon Smith. He assisted the Doles in the writing of four books, and he assisted Columbia Sportswear chairperson Gert Boyle and the late Al Reser in writing their autobiographies.

He comes to the Oregon Historical Society from his position as corporate communications advisor at CFM, Strategic Communication Inc. He is a member of the Oregon State Bar Association and serves on the board of director for Special Olympics of Oregon and the Oregon Law Foundation. He is also a member of Willamette's board of trustees.

"Kerry is the right person to lead the Oregon Historical Society into a new era," said Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski. "In addition to his deep roots in Oregon and love for the state, Kerry has an appreciation for its history and culture and a commitment to see that we don't lose that for future generations. Kerry is the right Oregonian to take on this challenge and I am confident of his success."

Tymchuk will serve in the interim position while the society's board of directors crafts a new strategic plan and implements a search process for the next executive director.