CORVALLIS, Ore. – Six new members have been elected to the Oregon State University Foundation Board of Trustees, including the president and publisher of The Oregonian newspaper, an executive with one of the nation’s leading commercial real estate firms, an Intel executive, the CEO and president of Portland General Electric, an owner of one of Oregon’s largest family-held businesses, and a managing director at Morgan Stanley in New York City.
N. Christian “Chris” Anderson III, Diane S. Detering-Paddison, Jill Wissler Eiland, James J. Piro, Patricia Valian Reser and Steven A. Zamsky join 36 current trustees, who serve as the foundation’s governing board. They are overseeing The Campaign for OSU, the university's first campus-wide fundraising campaign, which has raised more than $607 million in commitments to date toward the goal of $625 million.
The new trustees, who serve in a volunteer capacity, began their six-year terms on July 1.
“This group is an impressive illustration of how OSU alumni are making an impact here in Oregon and beyond,” said Mike Goodwin, the OSU Foundation’s president and CEO. “We are grateful and fortunate to gain the wide-ranging expertise these business leaders bring to our board. OSU’s first campus-wide campaign has been incredibly successful, and their guidance will be invaluable as we enter the final stages of this historic effort.”
Anderson, of Portland, is president and publisher of The Oregonian, the largest newspaper in the state and the oldest continuously published newspaper on the West Coast. Previously, he was publisher and CEO of the Orange County Register, the third largest newspaper in California. Under his leadership, the Register earned two Pulitzer prizes, and he was named Editor of the Year by the National Press Foundation. Anderson served one previous term on the OSU Foundation Board of Trustees and is an emeritus member of the OSU College of Liberal Arts advisory council. Anderson graduated from OSU in 1972, earning a degree in liberal studies and participating in the honors program. He also served as editor of The Barometer, the campus’s student newspaper. He was honored as an Alumni Fellow by the OSU Alumni Association in 1992.
Detering-Paddison of Dallas, Texas, is the chief strategy officer for Cassidy Turley, one of the largest commercial real estate service providers in the United States. She serves as an independent director for Behringer Harvard Opportunity REIT II and Air Advice. Previously, she was chief operating officer of two Fortune 500 companies, including ProLogis, an industrial REIT that owns, develops and manages distribution facilities globally. She had a career of more than 20 years with Trammell Crow Company and CB Richard Ellis, now the world’s largest commercial real estate services firm, where she served as chief operating officer, global services, and president, corporate services, client accounts, respectively. Paddison graduated from OSU in 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in clothing, textiles and related arts and received her MBA from Harvard University Business School in 1985. She is chair of the OSU College of Business Dean’s Circle of Excellence and is starting her own not-for-profit.
Eiland, of Portland, is corporate affairs manager for Intel Corporation and leads the media relations, government relations, community relations, philanthropy and education outreach team for Intel’s largest site and Oregon’s largest employer. Her service territory includes Washington and Colorado as well. Prior to joining Intel, she was vice president of corporate communications for Knowledge Learning Corporation; director of government and public relations for KinderCare Learning Centers; and director of public affairs for Portland General Electric. Eiland is a member of the OSU College of Business Dean’s Circle of Excellence. She earned her bachelor’s degree in operations management from OSU in 1973 followed by an MBA from George Washington University. In February of this year, she was appointed to the Oregon State Board of Higher Education.
Piro, of Lake Oswego, is president and chief executive officer of Portland General Electric. Since joining PGE in 1980 as a civil engineer, he has held numerous leadership roles with the company including executive vice president of finance, chief financial officer and treasurer. A 1974 OSU graduate, Piro earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering with an emphasis in structural engineering. He is also a registered professional engineer in California, and before working at PGE was a civil engineer at Pacific Gas & Electric. Piro serves on several boards including LifeWorks Northwest, Greenlight Greater Portland, Oregon Business Council, Edison Electric Institute, PGE and the PGE Foundation. He also serves on Gov. Ted Kulongoski's Oregon Energy Planning Council and Oregon Global Warming Commission.
Reser, of Beaverton, is board chair of Reser’s Fine Foods, a fourth-generation family-owned business headquartered in Beaverton. She received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from OSU in 1960 and was awarded a master’s degree in special education from Portland State University in 1980 and taught in the Beaverton School District. Reser has served two prior non-consecutive terms as an OSU Foundation trustee, co-chairs The Campaign for OSU steering committee, and serves on the OSU College of Science Board of Visitors. She and her late husband, Al Reser, have received numerous awards for their service and philanthropic leadership including the Martin Chaves Lifetime Achievement Award from the OSU Athletic Department, the City of Hope Lifetime Achievement Award and the Vollum Award for Lifetime Philanthropic Achievement by the Oregon chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Zamsky of Darien, Conn., is a managing director in the credit trading business at Morgan Stanley in New York City, having rejoined the firm in 2009. He also has been managing director and portfolio manager at Pequot Capital Management and previously worked in similar capacities at Morgan Stanley and Fidelity Investments. Zamsky began his career with a large San Francisco accounting firm; after completing his MBA at the University of Chicago, he began working as a securities analyst. He graduated from OSU in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, was honored by the OSU College of Business in 2008 as one of its Top 100 Alumni and received the Distinguished Early Career Business Professional Award from the college in 2009.
The OSU Foundation is the nonprofit organization that raises private funds for Oregon State University. It holds assets of $467 million and manages the majority portion of the university’s endowment, valued at more than $375 million.