The Oregon State University Board of Trustees recognizes that few moments have more significance to the university than the selection and transition of a new president. In order to facilitate a thoughtful and smooth presidential transition, the chair of the Board has appointed an Incoming President Transition Committee. OSU trustee Julie Manning chairs the committee, and trustee Kirk Schueler serves as vice chair.

Transition Overview

The charge to the Incoming President Transition Committee was to develop a framework to guide the transition, which included the period of time prior to the president’s arrival on July 1, 2020, and throughout the entire first year. Work was organized into three phases: planning, pre-arrival, and year one.

Throughout the transition process, the committee will be responsible for developing effective communications to support a successful transition for the president and the university and broader community. The committee will engage broadly with stakeholders within and outside of the university in strategically crafting and sequencing opportunities for connection throughout the president’s first year.

Engaging with the President

Involvement from OSU faculty, students, staff, and administrators as well as members of the broader community will be important to ensuring the president is positioned and prepared for immediate- and long-term success at the university. Please watch for opportunities to interact with the president.

If you have questions about the transition process or if you would like to contact the president, please email

Incoming President Transition Committee

Julie Manning
Board of Trustees, committee chair

Kirk Schueler
Board of Trustees, committee vice chair

Charlene Alexander
Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer

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

Susan Capalbo
Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

Steve Clark
Vice President for University Relations and Marketing

Debbie Colbert
Secretary of the Board

Katie Fast
Executive Director of Government Relations

Cathy Hasenpflug
Chief Human Resources Officer

Shawn Scoville
OSU Foundation President and CEO