Secretary of the Board, Search Committee Staff (non-voting member)

Debbie Colbert is secretary of the OSU Board of Trustees and will serve as staff to the OSU Presidential Search Committee. Prior to joining OSU in 2015, Dr. Colbert served for 14 years in natural resource management and held numerous leadership roles, including serving for five years as deputy director of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and eight years as field services administrator, senior policy coordinator, and policy analyst for the Oregon Water Resources Department. As secretary of the Board, she serves as the primary liaison between the Board of Trustees and the university administration on matters of policy and procedure, governance, and communications pertaining to the Board. She earned an Honors bachelor’s degree in Biology from Randolph-Macon College, a master’s in Chemical Oceanography from San Jose State University, and a doctorate in Oceanography from Oregon State University.