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Selecting OSU’s
Next President

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OSU presidential search listening sessions being held
January 11, 2022

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Provide Input via Listening Sessions & Online Survey

The Board of Trustees invites members of the university and broader community to provide their thoughts about the qualities and characteristics desired in a new president and key challenges a new president may face.

Please consider attending one of the following public listening sessions. The sessions will be facilitated by Isaacson, Miller and representatives of the Presidential Search Advisory Committee. The sessions will be held remotely via Zoom.

If you are unable to attend a listening session, please share your input via an online survey. The survey will close on Jan. 20.

Input gathered from the listening sessions and survey will inform the presidential leadership profile which will serve as the basis by which the presidential search advisory committee and executive search firm recruits and identifies potential candidates.

Presidential Search Process & Timeline

The OSU Board of Trustees has approved a presidential search process and timeline. The process and timeline were informed by feedback from members of the Board, the Presidential Search Advisory Committee and Isaacson, Miller.

See the search work plan and an overview of the process

Presidential Search Advisory Committee

The Chair of the OSU Board of Trustees has appointed the Presidential Search Advisory 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 Advisory Committee.

Isaacson, Miller Executive Search Firm

A separate presidential search firm selection committee was convened to recommend an executive search firm to assist the board’s recruitment and review of candidates for president. The committee was chaired by Trustee Preston Pulliams. Pulliams is the president of Gold Hill Associates, a community college president search firm. After considering written materials submitted in response to a public request for proposals, the committee interviewed search firms and conducted reference checks on the finalists. The committee unanimously recommended use of the firm Isaacson, Miller, and the board chair approved this recommendation. Isaacson, Miller has a long history of working with Oregon State University on executive searches. For example, support has been provided to OSU by Isaacson, Miller on searches for the following positions: provost; vice provost for student affairs; vice provost for information and technology; dean of Libraries; and dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Meet the members of the search firm supporting the search for OSU’s next president.

Nominations of potential candidates can be sent to

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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