Dr. John C. Pierce: Introducing the New Executive Director of the Oregon Historical Society

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Dr. John C. Pierce: Introducing the New Executive Director of the Oregon Historical Society


The Oregon Historical Quarterly is pleased to introduce Dr. John C. Pierce as the new Executive Director of the Oregon Historical Society.

A native of the Pacific Northwest, Dr. Pierce was raised in Yelm, Washington, a pioneer timber and farming town near Olympia. He has served in senior leadership positions for over twenty-five years, most recently as vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (1997-2001). He spent most of his academic career at Washington State University in Pullman, where he was dean of the College of Liberal Arts for eleven years, chair of the Department of Political Science, and professor of Political Science.

Dr. Pierce brings to the Society broad experience in history-related projects and programs, including working with Dr. Jacqueline Peter-son on "Sacred Encounters: Father DeSmet and the Indians of the Rocky Mountain West," an exhibit that was at the Oregon Historical Society in 1995. He was actively involved in the Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum Foundation, served on the Washington Commission for the Humanities, and twice served on the Columbus Foundation by presidential appointment. He is currently a board member of the Old Town History Project in Portland.

Dr. Pierce is a prolific author who has published over fifty articles and has written, co-written, or edited seventeen books, including Critical Masses: Citizens, Nuclear Weapons Production, and Environmental Destruction in the United States and Russia (with R Dalton, P Garb, N. Lovrich, Jr., and J. Whitely, MIT Press, 1999) and a collection of essays, River Earth: A Personal Map (Washington State University Press, 1999). He is currently working on "A River's Reach;' a historical novel set in the twentieth century.

Dr. Pierce's wife, Dr. Ardith Pierce, is principal of the Stafford School in the West Linn/Wilsonville school district. He has two sons, Dr. Forrest Pierce of the music faculty at Lewis and Clark College and Lamar Pierce, who is completing a Ph.D. in Business and Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley.

We are proud to welcome Dr. Pierce as the director of the Oregon Historical Society.

Oregon Historical Society

Founded 1873

JOHN D. BURNS, president MARK S. MCDONALD, vice president J. DAVID COUGHLIN, secretary WILLIAM G. LANGLEY, treasurer JOHN C. PIERCE, assistant secretary/executive director

DIRECTORS EX-OFFICIO

HON. TED KULONGOSKI, governor of Oregon HON. SUSAN CASTILLO, superintendent of public instruction DR. RICHARD S. JARVIS, chancellor, Oregon University System JAMES SCHEPPKE, state librarian

Mary Lang Bishop, Portland; John D. …

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