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2000–2009

Emphasis on Environment

President Colin Diver, appointed in 2002, brings many important changes to Reed, increasing diversity, enlarging residential facilities, maintaining the college’s financial stability, and creating a culture that enables students to be academically successful and socially responsible.

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Reed adds expanded computer services for students, and constructs an Educational Technology Center. With the recommendation of an ad hoc committee, linguistics becomes its own department.

One of Reed’s greatest commitments to the campus and to the region is seen in its restoration of the canyon. The college spends $2 million restoring this critical part of the Crystal Springs Creek, tearing out blackberry bushes, removing the 1930s-era concrete swimming pool, and installing a fish ladder at the western end of Reed Lake. In concert with work undertaken by the city of Portland and others in the area, these efforts help to reconnect one of Portland’s remaining historical waterways to the Willamette River and the Pacific Ocean and contribute to the long term survival of Oregon’s native fish populations.

Four new residence halls are built around a sustainably landscaped quad, with a new coffee shop nestled at one corner. The grove, as the new buildings are called, along with a new Spanish house in the cluster of language houses near Woodstock Boulevard finally put the college in reach of a long-standing goal to house 75 percent of students on campus.

After years of careful planning to ensure Reed’s long-standing tradition of academic rigor and disciplinary depth are maintained, a new interdisciplinary major in environmental studies (ES) is added. Students majoring in ES pursue the lion’s share of their coursework in one of five traditional departments—biology, chemistry, economics, history or political science.

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