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Dr. Beth E. Concepción Joins Linfield University as VP for Academic Affairs and Provost

Sarasota, FL – Blue Rock Search is pleased to have partnered with Linfield University to place Dr. Beth E. Concepción as the university’s new vice president for academic affairs and provost.


Linfield University is an independent, nonprofit university with two physical campuses in McMinnville and Portland, Oregon, and an eCampus. Since 1858, Linfield has connected a traditional liberal arts experience with practical education through 57 majors, as well as interdisciplinary graduate degrees, focusing on collaborative, service and experiential learning opportunities.


Prior to joining Linfield University, Dr. Concepción served as vice provost for educational innovation and executive director for the Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence at Missouri University of Science and Technology, where she was also a teaching professor. Her experience in higher education also includes a stint as assistant provost for strategic engagement at Oglethorpe University’s Hammack School of Business, leadership roles at Savannah College of Art and Design, and more. Dr. Concepción’s research interests focus on topics such as journalism ethics, practice, and education.


Ruben Moreno, Higher Education Practice Leader and Founding Partner of Blue Rock Search, said, “Blue Rock Search was pleased to work with Linfield University on the search for their vice president for academic affairs and provost. Dr. Beth E. Concepción brings extensive experience, a passion for progress and education, and a transformative, strategic mindset to the role, and we look forward to seeing her contribute to the university’s growth and ongoing success.”


About Blue Rock Search

Blue Rock Search ( is an MBE Certified, 100% minority/female-owned executive search firm specializing in the targeted identification, assessment, and placement of high-impact leaders for their clients. Their founding partners are respected, trusted thought leaders, collectively bringing over 75 years of direct, relevant search experience to their four dedicated practices: HR/Diversity, Franchise, Customer Experience, and Higher Education Executive Search. Blue Rock’s agile service delivery model is designed to flex to the unique needs and expectations of any search, and quickly fill critical roles. Blue Rock Search believes the starting point for a successful search is a strong client relationship built on their core values of trust, mutuality, and commitment—creating “Relationships Built to Last.”

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