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Oregon State Board of Trustees elects initial leadership

In its first meeting since being confirmed by the Oregon Senate in November, the Oregon State University Board of Trustees unanimously elected Patricia “Pat” Reser of Beaverton as its initial chairwoman.

The board, which met Jan. 9 and 10 on the Oregon State campus in Corvallis, also voted Darald “Darry” Callahan of San Rafael, Calif., as its  initial vice-chairman. The positions are being listed as “initial” until the board becomes official under state law on July 1.

Reser is board chair of Reser’s Fine Foods, Inc., a family-owned fresh refrigerated food company. 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.

Callahan is the former president of Chevron Chemical Company and served as executive vice president of Power, Chemicals and Technology for ChevronTexaco Corp. from 2001 until his retirement in 2003. He is a former chair of the OSU Foundation Board of Trustees.

The Board of Trustees also created three initial committees:

  • The Academic Strategies Committee will be chaired by Paul Kelly of Portland; Orcilia Zúñiga Forbes of Portland is vice chair;
  • The Finance and Administration Committee will be chaired by Kirk Schueler of Bend; Elson Floyd of Pullman, Wash., is vice chair;
  • The Executive and Audit Committee will be chaired by Reser; Callahan is vice chair.

The board approved Meg Reeves, OSU’s general counsel, as board secretary. It also approved a series of bylaws guiding its actions.

Steve Clark, vice president for University Relations and Marketing at OSU, said the primary purpose of this first meeting of the board has been to orient the board with the university, introduce the members to their roles and responsibilities, and allow them to get acquainted with one another.

More information about the OSU Board of Trustees is available online at: http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/trustees


— Mark Floyd, News and Research Communications

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