Landfill acquisition and planned innovation district increase future regional and state impact

BEND, Ore. – Oregon State University President Ed Ray signed documents Wednesday that finalized the purchase of a 72-acre former Deschutes County landfill that will expand the footprint of the OSU-Cascades campus in Bend to 128 acres. 

Key among the features planned for the expanded campus is an innovation district that will foster partnerships between university researchers, students and startup companies in high-tech, bio-tech and other industries. The future innovation district is estimated to contribute $282 million annually to the Deschutes County economy and $318.8 million annually in total state economic impact by 2025, according to ECONorthwest, an economics consulting firm.

“The acquisition of the landfill is a benefit for both OSU-Cascades and the community,” said Becky Johnson, vice president of OSU-Cascades. “This is a visionary opportunity to bring unused land back into public use for higher education, reduce the impact of campus construction on the surrounding community, grow the economy, and develop amenities for our community like walking and biking paths, natural areas and athletic fields.

“This is an environmental, community, higher education and economic win,” Johnson said.  “And not just for Central Oregon, but for all of the state.”

Plans for the expanded campus include buildings and features to support academic and experiential learning, health and recreation, and student and workforce housing. 

The purchase follows a nearly two-year study of the landfill during which OSU-Cascades collaborated with OSU’s College of Engineering, state and federal agencies, and reclamation experts to evaluate remediation strategies.  The resulting remediation approach may reduce an estimated 29,600 truck trips on local roads to partially fill an adjoining former pumice mine that makes up the OSU-Cascades campus. Instead, remediated soil from the landfill will be used to terrace the former mine. Planning for the future campus, which is anticipated to enroll 3,000 to 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students, has been underway since 2013. 

Over a nearly two-year community engagement process to gather input for a long range development plan for the future campus, community member attendance at meetings totaled 1,500.   With the certainty of the campus footprint, the university can finalize its master plan for submission to the city of Bend.

Ray was authorized to complete negotiations and finalize the purchase by the OSU Board of Trustees at a meeting on Oct. 20.


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OSU Board of Trustees approves land purchase for OSU-Cascades expansion

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University Board of Trustees Friday authorized OSU President Ed Ray to complete negotiations with Deschutes County to purchase 72 acres of land that will expand the footprint of the OSU-Cascades campus in Bend.

The land is a Deschutes County landfill and is located adjacent to the university campus. The landfill site, when combined with the current 10-acre campus and an adjacent 46-acre site owned by OSU will create a 128-acre campus. The 46-acre parcel was a former pumice mine.

“Being able to acquire this contiguous land is tremendously valuable to the future of OSU-Cascades and the mission of Oregon State University in Central Oregon,” Ray said following the meeting. “I assure you our negotiations with the county and our remediation and development of this site will serve the public’s trust, advance our delivery of teaching and research, and enhance the environment, the Bend community and the Central Oregon economy.”

OSU-Cascades Vice President Becky Johnson told OSU trustees that acquiring the landfill will enable students to learn “in a natural living laboratory” in subjects such as natural resources and energy systems engineering. She said reclaimed and remediated soil from the landfill will be used to help fill the adjoining pumice mine that OSU purchased to expand the OSU-Cascades’ campus. She said utilizing remediated landfill material will eliminate an estimated 30,000 truckloads of material from being transported on local streets to fill the pumice mine.

“The landfill will enable public-private research and partnerships between OSU-Cascades and industry to occur within a planned innovation district that ECONorthwest estimates at buildout will produce $282 million annually in economic impact,” Johnson said.

“Acquiring the landfill will enable us to have expanded partnerships with local schools, provide sports and recreational fields on campus, offer surface parking versus building a more expensive parking garage, and accommodate student- and faculty-related uses, such as workforce housing and retail service amenities.

“This will benefit Central Oregon, the community, the economy and students thanks to the collaboration of Deschutes County commissioners and staff.”

The 128-acre campus will allow OSU-Cascades to grow to an enrollment of 3,000 to 5,000 students.

Trustee Kirk Schueler of Bend said: “If OSU does not buy this land, someone else will, and they will develop it. I am very excited about what it will mean for our campus. It will put OSU-Cascades on the forefront of what is happening in all of Oregon.”

In other business, the board reviewed OSU President Ed Ray’s performance for the last academic year. Board Chair Rani Borkar said Ray provides a steady, thoughtful moral compass and strong vision for the university that inspires others.

Ray also provided his goals for the coming year and noted his major areas of focus:

  • Draft the university’s next strategic plan, which will guide OSU through 2023.
  • Win support from state legislators during the February session to expand the OSU-Cascades campus and construct a second academic building.
  • Begin construction in spring of 2018 for a $50 million marine studies building in Newport that will serve as a center for global marine studies research and education.
  • Establish new programs to reach new groups of online students.
  • Build a safe and inclusive university community aided by the work of the offices of Institutional Diversity and Equal Opportunity and Access.

The board voted to approve its 2018 work plan and adopted an amendment of the charter for the board’s executive and audit committee.

OSU Provost and Executive Vice President Edward Feser and Senior Vice Provost Susan Capalbo briefed trustees on “Vision 2030: Distinction, Access and Excellence,” a document that articulates OSU’s promise, focus and distinction among premier research institutions. The long-range vision document is intended to shape the development of OSU’s next five-year strategic plan.  

Vision 2030 focuses on four key areas: academic excellence, access and collaboration; earth systems sciences; health and wellness; and economic growth and social progress.

Additionally, the meeting included reports or updates on the following topics: advancing equity, inclusion and social justice; OSU150, the university’s celebration of its 150th anniversary; and legislative priorities.

On Wednesday, the trustees met in a daylong retreat session, focusing discussion on considerations on advancing the excellence and quality of the university, while providing for student access and affordability.

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By Sean Nealon, 541-737-0787, sean.nealon@oregonstate.edu


Source: Steve Clark, 541-737-3808, steve.clark@oregonstate.edu

Oregon State University ranked among the top 1 percent of world universities

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University has been ranked in the top 1 percent out of more than 27,000 degree-granting institutions of higher education worldwide in this year's CWUR (Center for World University Rankings) World University Rankings. The CWUR rankings are the largest academic ranking of global universities. Oregon State came in at 257.

This year, 27,770 degree-granting institutions of higher education worldwide were evaluated. The top 1,000 research-intensive institutions received rankings. The rankings measure the quality of education and training of students as well as the prestige of the faculty members and the quality of their research without relying on surveys and university data submissions.

Oregon State University was given a national rank of 99, and ranked high in quality of education, alumni employment, quality of faculty, publications and influence, as well as citations, broad impact and patents.

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Oregon State names new finance and administration leader

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University President Edward J. Ray has named Michael Green the vice president for finance and administration for the university.

Green, who has served as the interim vice president for finance and administration at OSU for nearly a year and a half, assumes this key leadership position on a permanent basis.

“Mike Green is the ideal person for this job,” said Ray. “His nearly three decades of higher education administration experience have provided him the leadership qualities, financial acumen and management experience to help lead Oregon State.”

As vice president for finance and administration, Green will be responsible for overseeing finance and administration units, including budget and fiscal planning, business affairs, business centers, capital planning and facilities services, human resources, public safety, risk management and environmental health and safety, and treasury management.

He will also serve as the university’s representative on finance and administrative matters to the Oregon public universities’ council of vice presidents of finance and administration, as well as in discussions regarding capital planning, budgeting and fiscal planning, long-range business planning, allocation of resources among Oregon’s public universities, and approval of capital projects.

Green said he is honored to be selected to lead OSU’s Division of Finance and Administration.

“We will work to provide the highest levels of service and ensure the safety and health of the OSU community and the effective and transparent stewardship of the university’s resources,” he said. “As a graduate of OSU, I am excited to partner with university academic, research, and other leaders to help my alma mater reach its strategic goals.”

Green came to OSU in 2014 to serve as associate vice president for finance and administration. He served in that role until January 2016, when he was named interim vice president for finance. In July 2016, his title changed to interim vice president for finance and administration.

During his tenure at OSU, Green has collaborated with finance and administration colleagues to develop and implement key Board of Trustee treasury management and management reporting policies and processes, including successfully managing the process to receive OSU’s first credit rating and issue OSU’s first revenue bonds.

As interim vice president, he recognized the need for university leaders to have a more accurate long-term view, and worked with colleagues to create a 10-year business forecast that integrates operational and capital needs.

Green also oversaw the implementation of new information systems, including a broad eProcurement program, and led a significant realignment of the Office of Human Resources, resulting in improved delivery of programs and a streamlined student hiring process.

He has also worked closely with colleagues to advance capital development for the OSU-Cascades campus and the Marine Studies Initiative. 

Prior to coming to OSU, Green, who is a certified public accountant, worked for more than 23 years in finance and administration, accounting and auditing roles at the chancellor’s office of the Oregon University System.

Green earned his bachelor’s degree from OSU and an associate degree from Linn-Benton Community College.

Green and his wife, Melanie, have five children ranging in age from 17 to 30 and four grandchildren. They also currently are hosting exchange students from China and South Korea. 

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OSU vice provost for student affairs departs for Stanford leadership position

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Susie Brubaker-Cole, vice provost of student affairs at Oregon State University has been appointed to the same position at Stanford University, OSU Provost and Executive Vice President Ed Feser announced today.

The transition is effective Sept. 7.

Brubaker-Cole, who has held this position at OSU since July 2014 and has worked at the university since 2008, previously worked at Stanford from 2005-2008 as the associate vice provost for undergraduate education and director of undergraduate advising and research. After leaving Stanford, she came to OSU as associate provost for academic success and engagement and director of academic advising.

“Susie’s leadership at Oregon State has been extraordinary, and she has made many significant contributions to advance the success of our students,” Feser said. “She is passionate about helping students achieve success during their higher education experiences – from the classroom to the community and in pursuing their chosen careers.”

As vice provost for student affairs, Brubaker-Cole provided leadership for a range of student-related departments, programs and initiatives. These include Career Services, the Memorial Union, Counseling and Psychological Services, Student Health Services, Intercultural Student Services, Recreational Sports, University Housing and Dining Services, Student Leadership and Involvement, Student Conduct and Community Standards, New Student Programs and Family Outreach, and others.

Brubaker-Cole accomplished many things during her OSU tenure, including her work with colleagues across campus to advance equity and inclusion, particularly in support of students from backgrounds historically underserved in higher education. This work included a grant from the National Science Foundation to increase the diversity and success of undergraduates in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math) at OSU. 

She led the development of Oregon State’s principles on freedom of expression and assembly and was instrumental in expanding support and advocacy resources for survivors of sexual assault and innovative education programs on sexual violence prevention. Brubaker-Cole also guided the development of a student affairs strategic plan that emphasizes transformative learning, an inclusive community and student well-being. 

“I have truly been inspired by the many wonderful colleagues and students I have had the opportunity to work with at OSU during the past nine years,” Brubaker-Cole said. “I believe all of our students are capable of great accomplishments when they graduate from OSU, and our work to support them during their time here is a key part of their success.”

Dan Larson, associate vice provost for student affairs and interim dean of student life, will serve as interim vice provost for student affairs until a successor to Brubaker-Cole is named. Larson also serves as executive director of University Housing & Dining Services.

“Dan is very well known for his effective leadership style and successful, collaborative work throughout Student Affairs and the entire university,” Feser said.

Larson provided leadership in the development of a curriculum for the Weatherford Residential College’s Austin Entrepreneurship Program. He was instrumental in the construction and design of the International Living-Learning Center and has been active in many community-OSU collaboration initiatives.

Feser said he would launch a national search to fill the permanent position of vice provost of student affairs.

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Executive & Audit Committee of the OSU Board of Trustees to meet July 20

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Executive & Audit Committee of the Oregon State University Board of Trustees will hold a telephonic meeting from 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 20, to consider potential candidates to recommend to the governor for a vacant board position.

The meeting is open to the public. Members of the public may listen to the meeting by calling the toll-free number listed on the agenda. The Trysting Tree Room at CH2M Hill Alumni Center, 725 S.W. 26th St. on Oregon State’s Corvallis campus, will also be open to the public as a site for listening to this meeting.

The agenda and meeting materials will be posted at http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/trustees/meetings. If special accommodations are required, please contact Marcia Stuart at (541) 737-3449 or marcia.stuart@oregonstate.edu at least 48 hours in advance. 

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Sean Nealon, 541-737-0787


Academic Strategies Committee of the OSU Board of Trustees to meet July 12

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Academic Strategies Committee of the Oregon State University Board of Trustees will hold a telephonic meeting from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 12, to hear an overview of the Office of Student Affairs’ mission, programs, and key metrics and to hear an update on the university’s upcoming accreditation review.

The meeting is open to the public. Members of the public may listen to the meeting by calling the toll-free number listed on the agenda. The Journey Room within the university’s Memorial Union, 2501 SW Jefferson Way on Oregon State’s Corvallis campus, will also be open to the public as a site for listening to this meeting.

The agenda and meeting materials will be posted at http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/trustees/meetings. If special accommodation is required, please contact Marcia Stuart at (541) 737-3449 or marcia.stuart@oregonstate.edu at least 48 hours in advance.  

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Oregon State University President Ed Ray statement regarding dismissal of charges brought against the NCAA by the Paterno family


Oregon State Univesity President Ed Ray statement regarding dismissal of charges brought against the NCAA by the Paterno family

“I am pleased that this litigation surrounding findings of sexual abuse at Penn State University is now closed. I remain strongly in support of the actions taken by the NCAA and its executive committee in July 2012 to address this matter and protect children and others from sexual predators.”

President Ray served as chair of the NCAA Executive Committee at the time the NCAA sanctioned Penn State University in July 2012.


Paterno Family Abandons All Claims Against NCAA

The estate of the late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, his son Jay Paterno, and Bill Kenney today voluntarily dismissed their lawsuit against the NCAA.  The NCAA did not settle the case and provided plaintiffs with no consideration—financial or otherwise.

“The Paterno family characterized this case as a ‘search for the truth,’” said Donald Remy, NCAA chief legal officer. “Its decision today, after years of investigation and discovery, to abandon its lawsuit rather than subject those facts to courtroom examination is telling.  We believe that the powerful record developed during discovery overwhelmingly confirmed what the NCAA has believed all along: the NCAA acted reasonably in adopting the conclusions of an eight-month investigation by Louis Freeh.”

Remy noted the timing of today’s decision by the Paterno family to voluntarily abandon its lawsuit was only hours before the NCAA was due to file a roughly 100-page summary judgment brief detailing the results of years of exhaustive discovery regarding plaintiffs’ claims. He added the decision “represents a total victory for the NCAA.”

“It is disappointing that so much time, effort, and financial resources have been wasted on efforts by the Paterno family in this litigation,” said Remy. “We must not lose sight of the fact that the real victims are the dozens of innocent children abused by Jerry Sandusky. ”

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OSU President: University remains committed to addressing climate change

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University President Edward J. Ray today reaffirmed the university’s unwavering commitment to address climate change.

Ray’s memo to faculty, staff and students was prompted by the Trump administration’s announcement last week that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change mitigation.

“I want to assure the Oregon State University community that we remain steadfast in our resolve to advance our institution’s commitments toward the global challenge of climate change,” Ray wrote. “We are resolute in our work to reduce the institution’s carbon footprint; to pursue world-class research that improves knowledge and informs strategic actions; and to empower our students and communities through education and capacity building.”

Ten years ago – in April, 2007 – Ray signed what was then known as the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, now known as the Carbon Commitment. It set Oregon State on an ambitious path to reduce and ultimately eliminate the university’s planet-altering institutional carbon emissions. During the last decade, OSU has reduced its annual per-student carbon emissions 38 percent.

The university has no intention to reduce or defer its commitment to climate action; instead it must continue to invest to decrease emissions further, Ray wrote.

As a sun grant university, OSU is an international leader in research efforts to develop renewable and low-carbon sources of energy including wave, wind, nuclear and solar energy systems. For example, in December, OSU’s Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center was awarded up to $40 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to create the world’s premier wave energy test facility in Newport.

As the home of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute, OSU also participates in a network of more than 150 researchers throughout the state, including partners in state and federal agencies, who are working to address many climate issues, including ocean acidification, rising sea levels and changes in water availability and quality.

Ray concluded his memo with these words: “Let me assure you that we are unwavering in our commitment to address climate change, one of the world’s most pressing issues. We will continue to be a strong partner and collaborate with other universities, cities, states, and key federal entities. With our collective and continued resolve in these efforts, I am confident that Oregon State will continue to be a leader in climate change research and sustainability to provide a healthy planet for all of us.”

To read Ray's full statement visit: http://bit.ly/2r3DN5T

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OSU Board of Trustees approves $1.22 billion budget for fiscal year 2017-18

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University Board of Trustees Friday approved a $1.22 billion budget for fiscal year 2018 that funds university operations and invests in strategic university initiatives while continuing the expansion of the OSU-Cascades campus in Bend. 

The board also approved issuing $74.6 million in bonds for capital construction projects.

Trustees provided special recognition for Pat Reser, who has served as chair of the board since OSU created its institutional board of trustees in July 2014. Reser is retiring from the board on June 30. Trustees voted unanimously Friday to name Rani Borkar, a technology industry executive and former Intel corporate vice president, as board chair effective July 1. Borkar also has served on the board since its inception.

Reser, an Oregon State alumna, called her service as board chair a “highlight” of her many OSU experiences and said she was honored to serve in this role. Board members praised Reser for her wisdom, experience and grace, which characterized her service as chair, they said.

“I was honored to serve in this capacity,” Reser said. “I’ve learned a lot, and I’ve had the opportunity to practice so many things, and for that I’m appreciative. It has been a blessing.”

OSU President Ed Ray said he has known Reser since he arrived at Oregon State in 2003 and commended her leadership and commitment to the university.

“Pat Reser has demonstrated exceptional leadership throughout her time as board chair,” he said. “Her service has benefited both the board and the university greatly. In all that she does, Pat exemplifies Oregon State’s mission to serve Oregonians and our state.”

In approving the university’s operating budget, trustees discussed future uncertainties, including state funding that is expected to be flat; increases in pension and health care costs; a slower growth rate in the population of traditional college-age students; challenges in recruiting non-resident students, including international students; and anticipated changes in the federal funding environment.

As a result of flat state funding and mandated increases in pension and health care costs, OSU must reduce expenditures by $20 million in fiscal year 2018. This will be achieved through differential expense reductions across the university. Administrative units’ cuts will range from 2 percent to 5 percent; academic college reductions will range from 1 percent to 3 percent.

At the same time, the university will make investments in strategic initiatives including:

  • The university’s Student Success Initiative, which aims to increase first-year retention and graduation rates;
  • Continued development of the university’s Marine Studies Initiative and facilities in Newport;
  • Support for student, staff and faculty life programs, including child care services;
  • Expansion of the College of Engineering professional school and programs in the College of Veterinary Medicine;
  • Projects to address deferred maintenance of university buildings and facilities; and
  • Increased support for the OSU Foundation and Alumni Association.

“The fiscal year 2018 budget will allow investments that are critical for the future success of Oregon State University by providing support for high-quality learning experiences and global impacts through OSU outreach and engagement and research discoveries,” Ray said. “All of these budget decisions advance the university’s strategic plan.”

The operating budget includes $645 million in education and general fund expenditures to support instruction, research and statewide public services; $234 million in self-support funds, which include university auxiliaries such as Student Health Services, University Housing and Dining, and student centers; and $338 million in restricted funds, which include philanthropic donations to the OSU Foundation and externally funded grants.

In approving the budget, trustees reflected on the projection of flat funding for higher education from the Oregon Legislature following the increase that had come in the 2015-17 biennium for the state’s seven public universities. Projected flat funding combined with mandated increases in pension and health care costs erase significant gains in per-student support from the state for the 2015-17 biennium.

The capital budget approved by the trustees includes $2 million in OSU revenue bonds for the renovation of Gilkey Hall; $7.8 million for work on the university’s heating system; $30 million for upper-division and graduate student housing; $27 million for student housing at Newport; and $5.3 million for a collection of minor capital improvements for university facilities in Corvallis.

In other business, the board:

• Approved a liquidity management policy;

• Authorized the university to enter into line-of-credit agreements not to exceed a total of $50 million;

• Amended the university’s presidential assessment policy; and

• Approved board meeting schedules for 2018 and 2019.

The board heard public input from community members regarding the Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center and the budget. 

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