The Oregon State Board of Higher Education appointed Dr. John P. Minahan president of Western Oregon University on December 1, 2006 after having served as interim president since August of 2005, succeeding Dr. Philip Conn who served as president from 2002 to 2005. Before a brief retirement, Dr. Minahan served WOU as Provost from 1998 to 2004.
Dr. Minahan, in addition to his previous service at Western Oregon University, has held academic leadership positions at Xavier University, the University of North Florida, and the State University of New York College at Buffalo. Dr. Minahan received his B.A. in Philosophy from Canisius College and his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. He joined WOU in 1986, serving as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Professor of Philosophy, before assuming his duties as Provost in 1998.