Philip K. Piele Elected New President of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art Leadership Council

EUGENE, Ore. -- (July 22, 2014) – Eugene resident Philip K. Piele will serve a two-year term as the new Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art Leadership Council President beginning July 2014.  Piele has been an active member of the JSMA Leadership Council since 2012 and brings a wealth of knowledge and a passion for arts to the position. 


“I’m honored to be elected to serve as President of the Leadership Council of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art,” says Piele.  “Under the superb leadership of executive director, Jill Hartz, and the hard work and dedication of a talented staff, the JSMA has become one of the premier university art museums in The United States.”    


The Leadership Council is the Museum’s primary advisory body with a goal of ensuring the artistic quality, educational integrity, excellence, sustainability, and financial strength of the JSMA.


“Philip’s knowledge of the university, the museum, and the off-campus community – its arts and business leaders – give him a great start on being a wonderful Leadership Council president,” says JSMA executive director Jill Hartz. “It’s been a pleasure seeing all he’s been able to do as co-chair of our Leadership Council Development Committee over the past year.   I am excited to work with him in his new role.”


Piele is emeritus professor of education and former head of the Department of Educational Leadership, Technology and Administration at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon. 

A member of the University of Oregon faculty from 1968-2005, Piele taught courses on education law, economics of education, and applied statistics in the Department of Educational Leadership, Technology, and Administration.  Piele was a visiting scholar at Stanford University in 1984, a visiting professor at the University of Toronto in Canada in 1974, and a visiting lecturer at several major Australian universities in 1973.


Piele was also director of the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) Clearinghouse on Educational Management for thirty-five years (1968-2003).  ERIC is the largest educational database in the world with online access to over 1.5 million abstracts of documents and journal articles.


Active in Eugene performing arts organizations since 1980, Piele was a member of the Board of the Oregon Bach Festival from 1980-83, a member of the Board of the Oregon Mozart Players from 1992-94, and  a member of the Silva Foundation Committee from 1999 to 2001. He served on the Eugene Opera Board of Directors from 2001-2012, except for a three year period from 2005-2008 when he resigned from the Board to accept the volunteer position of Executive Director.


During his academic career, Piele was an elected officer in two professional associations: President, Education Law Association (1978-79) and Secretary, American Educational Research Association (1987-89). He has been listed in “Who’s Who in America” since 1990 and is currently a member of Eugene Round Table.


About the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

The University of Oregon's Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art is a premier Pacific Northwest museum for exhibitions and collections of historic and contemporary art based in a major university setting. The mission of the museum is to enhance the University of Oregon’s academic mission and to further the appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts for the general public.  The JSMA features significant collections galleries devoted to art from China, Japan, Korea, America and elsewhere as well as changing special exhibition galleries.  The JSMA is one of six museums in Oregon accredited by the American Association of Museums.


The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art is located on the University of Oregon campus at 1430 Johnson Lane. Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through Sundays. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for senior citizens. Free admission is given to ages 18 and under, JSMA members, college students with ID, and University of Oregon faculty, staff and students. For information, contact the JSMA, 541-346-3027.


About the University of Oregon

The University of Oregon is among the 108 institutions chosen from 4,633 U.S. universities for top-tier designation of "Very High Research Activity" in the 2010 Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The UO also is one of two Pacific Northwest members of the Association of American Universities.


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