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Dr. Diane Welch Vines Dr. Diane Welch Vines
President, Oregon Science and Technology Partnership and Coordinator of the Oregon Governor's Healthcare Workforce Initiative
Portland, OR

In her capacity as vice chancellor, Dr. Vines was responsible for OUS communications, public and media relations, alumni relations, public-private sector partnerships, and economic and workforce development.
As coordinator of the Governor's Healthcare Workforce Initiative, Dr. Vines works with the Governor's Office of Education and Workforce Policy to direct and implement a coordinated statewide response to healthcare workforce issues. She assesses current workforce education efforts in healthcare, prioritize and implement recommendations from the legislative and prior governor's task forces, and assist with the development of policy for the Governor's Healthcare Initiative.
Prior to September 2002, Vines was also board secretary for the OUS, responsible for the conduct of the Oregon State Board of Higher Education, including its strategic planning efforts. Since August 2002, she has served as president of the Oregon Science and Technology Park. Vines is currently a nursing adjunct professor for Oregon Health & Science University and the University of Portland and a community health adjunct professor for Portland State University. Her book on women's health was just released and she is authoring a book on the life of Junki Yoshida of Yoshida Group.
Dr. Vines currently serves as Oregon's representative to and was previously chair (1997) of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). She is also a member of this year's class of the American Leadership Forum of Oregon. Additionally, she has served as a Portland Ambassador, member of the Governor's Workforce Policy Cabinet, senior staff for the Oregon Council for Knowledge and Economic Development, member of the Metropolitan Economic Development Task Force, chair of the Oregon Technology Transfer Committee, and Co-Chair of the Judging Committee for the International Science and Engineering Fair 2004. Vines serves or served on the boards of the Regional Alliance for Information Network Systems (RAINS), the Artists Repertory Theatre, the Software Association of Oregon, the Oregon Bioscience Association, the WICHE Mental Health Oversight Committee, and the Pacific Northwest International Trade Association. She is owner and Chair of the board for Arnica Publishing.
Prior to her joining OUS in 1998, Dr. Vines served as the vice president for academic development for the California State University Institute, the entrepreneurial arm of the 23-campus system, developing public/private partnerships and commercial ventures. Additionally, she served as the CSU chief academic officer for the California Virtual University, and chair of the Mission and Academic Policy Committee. Vines served as dean and professor of the 4,000-student School of Health and director of the Division of Nursing at CSU Dominguez Hills. She co-founded a school-based, family health center in an economically deprived, largely Hispanic neighborhood in Los Angeles. Prior to this, Dr. Vines developed the system-wide CSU Summer Arts program. She was CSU representative on the California School-to-Career Task Force, a member of the State Council on Vocational Education representing postsecondary education, and the California Task Force on Families and Mental Illness. She is also the co-founder and served as vice president of NEXT WAVE Learning (CSU Project Literacy).
Before joining CSU, Vines served as one of 14 White House Fellows (out of 1200 applicants) in 1982-3 for President Reagan, and was special assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Education. She also co-founded and was director of the federal National Adult Literacy Initiative with First Lady Barbara Bush from 1983-85.
Among other teaching positions, Dr. Vines has served on the faculty at Boston University's School of Nursing for the Psychiatric/Community Mental Health Graduate Program. She has taught psychiatric, pediatric, and medical surgical nursing in California, New York, and Massachusetts; and she was a counselor and psychotherapist in private practice in Boston and West Los Angeles. Vines also held administrative and nursing positions at hospitals in New York, San Diego, Philadelphia, and Florida.
Dr. Vines received her bachelor's degree from Vanderbilt University, her master's from New York University, her doctorate in sociology from Boston University, and her associate degree in nursing from St. Petersburg Jr. College (now St. Petersburg College.)

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