By Abby Spegman

The Bulletin

Marla Hacker, OSU-Cascades’ dean of academic programs who has been at the campus since it started, will leave her post at the end of the term.

She will continue teaching in the business program for at least a year.

As dean of academic programs, Hacker oversees hiring, faculty recruitment and program additions. This year, the campus added freshman-level courses for nine of its programs as part of the transition from a two-year to four-year campus. Officials are now looking at adding programs in English, mechanical engineering and nursing and offering the hospitality management program online.

“It’s just a really nice time for me personally to see what’s next for me, and it’s a nice time for a new person to come in and see what’s next for OSU-Cascades,” Hacker, 58, said in an interview this week. “I’ve got one more career in me, and I’m not sure what it is yet.”

Hacker arrived in Bend in 2001 as part of a team sent to open the campus. She previously taught for four years at Oregon State University in Corvallis and before that worked in manufacturing for Procter & Gamble.

Hacker, a graduate of OSU, said she started teaching to get to know the students. Instead, she ended up lecturing to classes of 180.

“It felt like broadcasting, entertaining,” she said.

She said she came to Bend to be part of a smaller campus. She later was asked to join the administration and spent 10 years as dean.

“I saw us through the turbulent times of layoffs, and ‘Is the campus even going to exist? Are we going to close down the campus?’” Hacker said. “The next person will grow the campus.”

OSU-Cascades Vice President Becky Johnson told the campus’ advisory board this week she will initially look to fill the dean of academic programs post on an interim basis.

While Hacker worked part time in the role, Johnson said she would like the next person to serve full time.

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