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Portland nominees anchor diverse new board

In August, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber announced the nominations of 14 members of Oregon State University's new institutional Board of Trustees. The nominees are pending confirmation by the Oregon senate in coming weeks. Establishment of the institutional governing boards at three of Oregon's public universities was authorized with the passage of Senate Bill 270 during the 2013 legislative session. The OSU board members reflect the university's broad teaching and research disciplines, as well as its statewide presence. Kitzhaber selected members who represent the state's diverse geographic regions as well as its significant economic sectors.

“The most important factor in guiding Oregon State’s future is to have a board that understands the unique role that the university plays in the state, nation and world,” said Oregon State University President Ed Ray. “The board members nominated by Gov. Kitzhaber reflect that and I am very pleased with the breadth of experience in many facets of life that our board members bring to the table.”

The board nominees include four individuals from the Portland metro area:

  • Orcilia Zúñiga Forbes, of Portland, was appointed to the State Board of Higher Education in July 2012; her term expires in 2014. She retired from OSU in 2004 as vice president of University Advancement, and has served as a trustee for the Meyer Memorial Trust since 1999. She is also serving on the boards of the Chalkboard Project and the University of New Mexico Foundation.
  • Paul Kelly, of Portland, Ore., was named to the Oregon State Board of Higher Education in 2007 and served as president from 2008-11. He recently retired from the law firm Garvey Schubert Barer. From 1987 to 2005, he served in several positions at Nike, Inc., including general counsel and global director of public affairs. He is on the Oregon School Funding Defense Foundation board and Legal Aid Services of Oregon board, among others.
  • Patricia “Pat” Reser, of Beaverton, Ore., is board chair of Reser’s Fine Foods, Inc., a family-owned fresh refrigerated food company. She previously served as corporate secretary for 13 years, and is a retired employee of the Beaverton School District. She is one of three co-chairs of OSU’s Capital Campaign Steering Committee and is serving her third term as an OSU Foundation Trustee.
  • Rani Borkar, of Portland, Ore., is corporate vice president and general manager of the Intel Architecture Development Group for Intel Corporation. She leads numerous global engineering teams that are responsible for the development of a full range of processors for server, client, and handheld devices. She has been with Intel since 1988 and earned the Intel Achievement Award in 2002.

Read about the 10 other nominees and learn more about the new board of trustees here. (http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/trustees)

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