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Emily Decker ’85

Interim Director

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Emily was raised on the shores of Lake Minnetonka in Minnesota. She arrived in Portland in the fall of 1981 as a Lewis & Clark first-year student, and has never left! During her years at L&C, she majored in communications, played basketball, covered sports for the Pio Log, and studied on the 1983 program in Denmark and Greenland with the most incredible group of people.

After graduating with the #bestclasseverLC85, she started a 30-year tenure in the L&C Admissions Office. Her admissions travel adventures took her from coast to coast, and to Alaska, spending most of her time during the last 20 years representing the college in Minnesota and Hawai`i. She cherishes her time in the admissions profession and considers many of the people she met during her tenure life-long friends. Spreading the good word about Lewis & Clark and the kind of education possible here was, indeed, an honor and a very rewarding career.

In August of 2015, Emily began a new chapter in her professional career when she joined the fabulous staff of the Alumni, Parent, and Student Engagement office. “Our current students are the life-blood of the college, and I look forward to following these students past their days on campus and to their many years as alumni,” says Emily. “You would be hard pressed to find a more interesting, passionate, smart, dedicated group of people anywhere, and when our students leave here they take with them not only these traits but all that they have learned here as well. It’s really very inspiring!”

Emily lives in SW Portland with her husband, David ’81, and three kids, Matthew (23), Kathryn (19), and Andrew (17), and their adorable labradoodle, Gypsy. Kid activities (theatre, music, volleyball, and baseball) currently take up most of her out of work hours….and she wouldn’t have it any other way!

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Emily Decker ’85 Interim Director

Alumni, Parent, and Student Engagement Lewis & Clark 0615 S.W. Palatine Hill Road MSC 77 Portland OR 97219 USA