Institutional board forum with President Ray

OSU President Ed Ray.

OSU President Ed Ray.

Oregon State students, staff and faculty are invited to attend a meeting with President Ed Ray regarding the potential creation of an independent institutional board at OSU. The meeting will be held Monday, June 3, 10 to 11 a.m., at the LaSells Stewart Center in the Construction and Engineering Hall.

Ray and Provost Sabah Randhawa will both be present for this open campus conversation. The discussion will help inform Ray’s decision about whether or not to establish an independent institutional board, which would be appointed by the Governor.

Senate Bill 270, currently being considered by the Oregon Senate, would enable OSU to establish a board, and significantly change the governance of the university. If the bill passes, and Ray decides to establish a board, the Governor would appoint a board of trustees for OSU made up of 11 to 15 members of the university, including a voting student member, and a non-voting faculty member. OSU’s university president would serve as an ex-officio, non-voting member.

If enacted, SB 270 would also allow the University of Oregon and Portland State University to create boards that would begin working on Jan. 1, 2014. OSU could have a board appointed by no later than Feb. 1, 2014, depending on when the Governor was informed of OSU’s decision.

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