Presidential Vacancy


Dear Campus Community,

As the campus moves to the fall 2021 term and our search for WOU’s next president starts in earnest, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself!

My name is Gayle Evans and I serve as a trustee on the Western Oregon University Board of Trustees.  I am honored that Board Chair Betty Komp asked me to serve as the search committee’s chair.  I am the SVP/Chief Human Resources Officer for Unitus Community Credit Union and have led numerous executive searches for private companies, not-for-profit organizations, and public agencies.  I also bring expertise in inclusive hiring practices that align with WOU’s Board Statement on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility. As a first-generation college graduate, I am an advocate for WOU’s commitment to being an affordable, accessible, and welcoming place for all who seek to fulfill their dreams of higher education.

Over the course of the summer, Chair Komp has worked hard to assemble a search committee of WOU community members across the campus and beyond.  I look forward to working collaboratively with search committee members to present a strong slate of candidates who are able to lead and grow with WOU into a very dynamic future.

From time to time, we will provide updates on the this website.  If you have questions or thoughts you’d like to share about the search, please feel welcomed to contact me at or

Warm Regards,


Gayle Evans, M.S. MMOL