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Candidate Biography

Interinstitutional Faculty Senate Candidate

L. J. (KELVIN) KOONG (at OSU since 1987), Professor, Department of Animal Sciences, 2002-present; Associate Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences, 2001-02 and 1994-99; Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine, 1999-01; Head, Department of Animal Sciences, 1991-94; and Associate Director, Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station, 1987-91.

FACULTY SENATE SERVICE: Agricultural Sciences Senator, 2003-present; OSU Salary Equity Committee, 1997-98 (Co-chair); and Research Council, 1989-91.

UNIVERSITY SERVICE: Issue Group on Professional Faculty, 2002-03; International Program Advisory Committee, 1993-96; Physical Plant Users Advisory Committee, 1988-91; and University Computing Steering Committee, 1987-91.

SEARCH COMMITTEES: Associate Dean of College of Home Economics, 1989-90; Associate Dean of College of Forestry, 1989-90; Dean of College of Veterinary Medicine, 1995-96; Head of Department of Horticulture, 1992-93; Associate Director of OSU Extension Service.

Candidate Statement: With my experience on and off campus, I believe I can effectively serve OSU faculty to promote higher education in Oregon and to enhance our ability to do our jobs. A major problem we face as an institution is the lack of involvement of its faculty. I would rate our collective efforts in working the political process a D-; it would be an F if not for the efforts of AOF. If elected, I will work with other IFS members to develop a plan for more effective involvement by faculty across all seven campuses to promote higher education in Oregon.

Over the next two years, what critical issues for faculty will be best addressed through IFS and how can you help move those issues forward on their behalf?

I believe the most critical issue facing us in the next two years is the public funding of higher education by the 2005 legislative session. All public entities in Oregon have suffered budget reductions the past several years due to the slowdown of Oregon's economy. Now the economy is recovering and all agencies are poised to argue for major budget enhancements. There will be winners and losers during the 2005 legislative session. Those who are most organized and active in the entire process will be the winners+. The IFS must get involved by working with the administration at each institution, with the Chancellor's Office, with the Board of Higher Education, and with AOF to work toward a common goal. As I indicated earlier, for us to be a political force, we must have much increased involvement by individual faculty at all seven campuses, and IFS is the ideal platform to plan and organize such activities.