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Western Oregon University alum expands leadership career in Oregon National Guard

MONMOUTH, Ore. – Western Oregon University highlights the accomplishments of alum Jenifer Pardy ‘22, a brigadier general in the Oregon National Guard. Pardy received her master’s degree in organizational leadership from Western.

During her time in the military, she has received specific education in military professional education and development. A master’s degree in organizational leadership was the ideal complementary education to her career. 

Pardy is currently the director of the joint staff for the Oregon National Guard. Working in a large organization and getting her graduate degree was the perfect fit to give her the tools and knowledge needed to help move the organization forward.

“In this role, I have the opportunity to represent our organization in the community and to other state partners. We have a state program where we’re partnered with both Bangladesh and Vietnam and we do military-to-military training engagements.” shared Pardy. 

Pardy emphasizes the importance of time management. Pardy worked full-time throughout graduate school and believes that as a leader, it’s important to be a continuous learner. She adds that she’s always leaned into new opportunities, another reason she has been successful in her career. 

Learn more about Jenifer Pardy’s story 


About Western Oregon University

Western Oregon University, established in Monmouth in 1856, proudly stands as Oregon’s oldest public university. Hosting around 4,000 students, Western embodies a mid-sized, NCAA Division II institution, with approximately 80% of its students hailing from within the state. Notably, its diverse student body comprises individuals from underrepresented backgrounds, veterans, and non-traditional learners. Western stands as the preferred campus in Oregon for those pursuing an enriching education within a nurturing, student-focused environment, characterized by faculty-led instruction. Where YOU belong.

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