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Selecting OSU’s
Next President

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Oregon State University presidential search committee named
November 18, 2021

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Presidential Search Committee

The Chair of the OSU Board of Trustees has appointed the Presidential Search Committee to assist the Board in its search for the next president. With input from across campus and the community, the OSU Board of Trustees appointed a dynamic, diverse committee that represents OSU’s values and culture and knows the university well. The committee will identify finalists for OSU’s next president. The committee’s recommendation will be informed by feedback from students, faculty and staff, alumni and friends. The committee is made up of OSU trustees, faculty, students, administrators, staff, and alumni, as well as representatives from higher education and the broader community.

Meet the members of the Presidential Search Committee

The Board has set a preliminary process and timeline for the search. The process and timeline will be refined by the Board based on further Board discussion and input, and as the presidential search committee and search firm are in place.

Mid Oct – Nov 2021

  • Search firm selection committee formed and firm selected.
  • Search committee solicitation and announcement made.

Late Nov – Late Dec 2021

  • Board, search committee and firm statewide listening sessions conducted.
  • Leadership profile and selection criteria created.

Late Dec – Mid Feb 2022

  • Position recruitment conducted.
  • Candidate screening conducted.

Late Mar – Early May 2022

  • Search committee reviews candidates.
  • Background checks and due diligence conducted.
  • Finalists determined and announced.
  • Finalists visit the university.

Late May 2022

  • Selection of a new president by the Board.

Jun 2022

  • Presidential transition begins.

Early to Mid Jul 2022

  • New president begins service, or as soon as possible thereafter.
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Rani Borkar
Chair, OSU Board of Trustees

Engage in the Process of Selecting
OSU’s Next President

Dear Members of the OSU Community,

This month, the Board of Trustees will initiate a search for the 16th president of Oregon State University. Our next president will be well positioned to lead a distinctive and globally recognized research university that enjoys tremendous momentum and provides ever-increasing impact in Oregon and beyond. As well, the university’s next president will continue to foster a university community that prioritizes scholarly excellence, diversity, inclusion, a culture of care and success for all.

Few moments of transition have more significance to our university than the selection of a new president. Trustees understand that the selection of the president is among the board’s most important duties and responsibilities. While the ultimate decision to choose a new president lies with the Board of Trustees, we are committed to engaging the university community and OSU’s many stakeholders in an inclusive, collaborative and transparent search.

Work by a presidential search committee will begin this month as search committee members are invited to participate. We are fortunate to have engaged and thoughtful trustees. From among this group, I am appointing trustee Julie Manning as chair of the presidential search committee. Julie is a highly respected former city of Corvallis mayor, actively engaged community member and executive within Samaritan Health Services.

In addition to including a number of trustees, the search committee will be made up of representatives from OSU’s faculty, staff, students, alumni, the OSU Foundation, university administration and stakeholders. We are committed to actively seeking a diverse pool of exceptional candidates for president. The search committee will lead efforts to recruit a visionary and accomplished leader, who will further harness the university’s momentum as a leading land grant public research institution, and guide OSU to even greater levels of accomplishment. The full membership of the committee will be announced later this month.

Throughout the presidential search, the Board of Trustees will provide frequent updates to OSU stakeholders, faculty, staff and students and opportunities for OSU community engagement. For example, yesterday Trustee Mike Bailey provided an update on the search process to the university Faculty Senate. Today, the Board Office launched a new presidential search webpage that will be frequently updated and will share next steps throughout the search. As promised, finalist candidates for president will meet with members of the OSU community next spring prior to the Board’s selection.

This is an important time for Oregon State University, and my fellow trustees and I look forward to taking this journey together with you.

My best,

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Rani Borkar
OSU Board of Trustees