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. In consultation with general counsel, the Secretary ensures that board actions are in compliance with legal requirements.


Mailing Address:
638 Kerr Administration Building
Corvallis OR 97331-8655

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.

Jennifer Almquist
Assistant Secretary of the Board & Chief Assistant to the President

Jennifer Almquist was appointed Assistant Secretary of the Board & Chief Assistant to the President in January 2017. She brings a background in inclusive excellence, project management, and administration to these positions. She also brings extensive knowledge of Oregon State having held a number of positions at the university since 2007. Almquist received her undergraduate degree, MA, and PhD from Oregon State University.

Lauren Skousen
Executive Assistant

Lauren Skousen joined the Office of the Board of Trustees as an Executive Assistant in May 2018. She comes 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.