Oregon State University Community Members,

The OSU Board of Trustees recognizes that the last few weeks have been challenging for all members of the university community. As we begin a process to appoint an interim university president, the community’s engagement is very important.

Following the resignation of King Alexander, Board Chair Rani Borkar has asked me to lead the process of soliciting nominations for the interim president. I encourage you to visit a new webpage on the Board of Trustees website to provide input on the scope of the interim president position and provide names of individuals who might be considered.

We plan to solicit nominations through April 9, 2021. I also will reach out to a broad range of OSU academic and administrative leaders, Faculty Senate leadership, student leaders and other university stakeholders to engage them in the nomination process. Given the urgency in making an interim appointment, the Board will schedule a public meeting shortly after the close of the nomination period to consider and act on an appointment.

The schedule for the nomination and appointment process will be provided on the web page following discussion at the April 2, 2021, meeting of the Board of Trustees. The web page also will feature regular updates on the process and a set of frequently asked questions.

Later, a separate web page will be launched regarding the search process for the university’s next permanent president. I assure you that the Board of Trustees has heard the concerns about the 2019 search and will promptly undertake a review of that process and incorporate lessons learned.

The Board looks forward to receiving your nominations for an interim president and advice on the permanent search process.



Patty Bedient
Oregon State University