There are several ways to interact with trustees, which are noted below. Under the OSU Board of Trustees Bylaws, the OSU Board functions as a committee of the whole and the Board Chair speaks for the Board, not individual trustees. As such, the Board Chair is responsible for guiding responses on behalf of the Board. This ensures that correspondence is dealt with in an expeditious manner consistent with the Board’s bylaws and ensuring appropriate records are maintained.

Email: The best way to contact the OSU Board of Trustees is to send an email to this address: Emails can also be sent to trustees at their individual emails addresses, which are linked from their bios here.  As a matter of best practice and consistent with principles of transparency and access, all trustees receive copies of all correspondence received at these addresses (except spam email).

Public Comment at Board Meetings: You can also sign up to speak with the Board at regular meetings of the OSU Board.

Invitations: Many groups welcome trustees to attend and participate in events and meetings. All invitations to trustees should be sent to The Board Office will facilitate the distribution of and response to invitations.

Mail: 638 Kerr Administration Building
Corvallis OR 97331-8655

Contact Board Office Staff

The Office of the Board of Trustees supports the Board of Trustees of the Oregon State University. The Board Office manages the work of the board and its committees.  The Secretary of the Board provides advice on board issues to the university president and executive administration and serves as the liaison between the board and the larger OSU community. The Secretary of the Board is responsible for maintaining custody of policies and standards adopted by the Board of Trustees and other records of the board and its committees and ensures board actions are in compliance with legal requirements.

Office Street Address:
1500 SW Jefferson Way
Corvallis OR 97331



Debbie Colbert
Secretary of the Board

Debbie Colbert was appointed Secretary of the Board in January 2015.  Colbert brings a background in policy development, government relations, strategic planning, and administration to the role of secretary. She received her undergraduate degree from Randolph-Macon College, MS from San Jose State University, and PhD from Oregon State University. As Secretary of the Board, Colbert is an officer of the university, a member of the President’s Cabinet, and a senior administrator of the university. The Secretary serves as the primary liaison between the Board of Trustees and the University administration on matters of policy and procedural matters, governance, and communications pertaining to the Board. The Secretary has primary responsibility for supporting the Board through strategic, high-level and confidential planning and management, in consultation with university leadership and other senior administrators and at the direction of the Board Chair and Vice Chair.

Lauren Skousen
Executive Assistant

Lauren Skousen joined the Office of the Board of Trustees as an Executive Assistant in May 2018. She came to Oregon State University from Utah State University where she served as the senior administrative assistant for faculty affairs in the Office of the Provost. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at California State University, Chico and her Master in Business Administration at Utah State University with an emphasis in operational excellence and women's leadership.