Addressing a key sticking point, the bill now requires one student seat, one faculty seat and one classified-employee staff seat on each 11- to 15-member university board. The student seat would have voting rights, while the governor would make the determination about whether faculty and classified staff board members could vote. Classified staff are non-faculty non-management employees. …
For UO and PSU, board appointments would occur this summer, subject to confirmation by the state Senate in September.
Cannon said he expects the governor to consult with university presidents, foundations, faculty, students groups and others before making recommendations on those appointments.
I’m sure potential board members have been lobbying Cannon for at least a year. I’m on the UO Senate, we haven’t heard a word about potential members, and I assume we’ll have no effective input, as usual. Looking at the UO Foundation, the most likely outcome is board dominated by sports boosters like current chair Steve Holwerda. But maybe Kitzhaber will make a few decent appointments, and this won’t be entirely about sports.
I still haven’t had a response from Gottfredson’s Chief of Staff Greg Rikhoff on whether the board’s initial meetings will be open to the public. A loophole in Oregon’s public meetings law would potentially let them meet in secret, until they actually get rule-making authority in July 2014.