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Ellis Arnold Stebbins

1961 - 1962

(Interim President)


Born March 14, 1900, in Ellsworth, Iowa, Ellis Stebbins eventually became a very prominent person in the history of Oregon College of Education (OCE). In 1924, he graduated from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. From 1924 until 1928, Stebbins taught at at both Condon High School and The Dalles. In 1928, Stebbins was hired as Assistant to the President (under Joseph Landers) at Oregon Normal School in Monmouth, Oregon. From 1928 until his retirement in 1968, Stebbins was active on campus and served in many different positions, including Dean of Administration, Business Manager and Interim President during the transition between Presidents Lieuallen and Rice from 1961 to 1962. After he retired in 1968, Stebbins was honored with the Distinguished Service Award by the Oregon State Employees Association and “Man of the Year” by the City of Monmouth. During his retirement, Stebbins wrote a book entitled “The OCE Story”, which described the history of the college from the mid-19th century until his retirement.


Stebbins was known for his expertise about the college and was very much respected by all. He died in Salem, Oregon on June 3, 1992


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