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Letter from Ed Ray

Oregon State University is at a pivotal point in our history. Almost four years ago we began implementing a strategic plan that charts the course for the university over the next two decades. Three years ago we began preparations for an ambitious university–wide fundraising campaign to support our initiatives.

In the pages of this report, you will see some of the truly amazing work that springs from the framework of that strategic plan — teaching, research and scholarship that addresses issues vital to the state, the nation and beyond.

As always, I like to point to the success of our students, who are OSU’s most important contribution to the future. You will read about Justin Gallardo and Michael Burns in the nationally recognized Open Source Lab, and about students who traveled weekly to study criminal justice in an unusual location, a maximum security prison. And we point out with pride the student–athletes of the Oregon State baseball team that captured its second consecutive College World Series title in June.

Our student success is a direct result of our outstanding faculty and staff. They serve as mentors on campus and work hand–in–hand with Oregon businesses, farmers, educators, social workers and other citizens — as well as with state and federal agencies — to address a variety of important issues, such as renewable energy, science education and cancer prevention.

Our impact is increasingly global. During my travels to Asia last year, I signed partnership agreements with 10 institutions, including the Chinese Academy of Sciences, bringing the total number of international partners for OSU to 150. Everywhere I traveled, I saw the impact of OSU teaching, research and scholarship. In China alone, OSU has projects in forestry, food science, performing arts and public health.

Such important work involving OSU goes on literally around the world. OSU faculty and students are working on AIDS in Africa, on forestry and biodiversity in South America and on tsunamis in Asia.

Our academic excellence is the foundation for these successes. During this past year, OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences was ranked number one in the nation in citations for published research, as was our College of Forestry. We are number one in conservation biology and forest ecology and number six in geosciences. Our graduates in veterinary medicine and pharmacy easily exceed national averages in passing exams for professional certification. And more than 70 percent of our graduates who apply to medical school are admitted; the national average is 45 percent.

Through the Campaign for OSU, we invite you to celebrate these achievements and to help us continue this extraordinary trajectory of success.

Edward J. Ray
President, Oregon State University