Monday, March 29, 2021

Dear Colleagues,

I write to you regarding three matters.

First, I want to be clear that sexual violence and violence in all forms is antithetical to Oregon State University’s values and will not be tolerated. I sincerely apologize to survivors hurt as our community has gone through a period of deep discussion, self-examination, and decision-making over the past few weeks. I recognize that for many students, faculty and staff at OSU, it has been a difficult and painful time. My first priority as acting president is to strengthen our approaches to preventing sexual violence and supporting those affected by it. I am working with university leadership, faculty, staff, and students in this regard.

Second, Professor Susan Capalbo, senior vice provost for faculty affairs, will serve as acting provost and executive vice president for the duration of my appointment as acting president. Susan and I will continue to work with the Trustees, faculty, staff, students and partners in the Foundation and Alumni Association to advance the mission of Oregon State University in a manner consistent with the principle of shared governance and with candor and transparency.

Third, as Trustee Patty Bedient wrote to you earlier today, the Board of Trustees has begun soliciting nominations for the position of interim president. It has launched a web page to receive input and nominations, which it will update with information about the schedule and process following a discussion at its April 2, 2021, meeting. The page will offer regular updates and a set of frequently asked questions.

While the past few weeks have been extraordinarily challenging, we have a strong and resilient community that is continuing the work of this great research university. I am proud to be a part of Oregon State University and look forward to working with you to advance our shared goals and aspirations.

All my best for a productive spring term.

Edward Feser
Acting President