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Board uses public listserv to notify public of meeting on new President

Last updated on 12/06/2019

That would be the transparent OSU board, which has taken to this simple 1990’s technology with enthusiasm. In contrast UO’s Board Secretary Angela Wilhelms still can not, or will not, email out meeting notices or agendas or post them in usable form. (The UO Matters transparent version of our board’s agenda, with clickable links, clips, and helpful commentary is here.)

From: “Skousen, Lauren” <[email protected]>
Subject: [Board-updates] Public Notice: OSU Board of Trustees to meet Dec 13
Date: December 5, 2019 at 11:47:18 AM PST
To: “Skousen, Lauren” <[email protected]>

Public Meetings Notice
December 5, 2019

Oregon State University’s Board of Trustees will hold a special board meeting to consider the appointment and employment agreement of Oregon State University’s next president for a term starting on July 1, 2020.

The meeting begins at 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 13, in the Memorial Union Horizon Room on the OSU Corvallis campus.

The candidate under consideration for appointment will be introduced publicly at the Dec. 13 board meeting. If appointed, the candidate will succeed President Ed Ray, who announced in March that on June 30, 2020, he will step down as president after 17 years of service and join OSU’s teaching faculty.

Following the board meeting, trustees will host a reception in the main lounge of the Memorial Union from 10:45 a.m. to noon to welcome the president-elect. The reception is open to the public.

Action by the board in the meeting will conclude a national presidential search launched last spring with the formation of a 15-member search committee and the holding of community listening sessions to develop a presidential leadership profile to guide the recruitment process. The recruitment included an extensive interview process of candidates that involved the search committee, a broad group of stakeholders and trustees.

“Oregon State’s next president is positioned to lead a distinctive university that enjoys tremendous momentum and provides transformative impact in Oregon, nationally and globally,” said Rani Borkar, chair of OSU’s Board of Trustees. “OSU’s next president will continue to foster a university community that prioritizes diversity and inclusive excellence.”

The meeting is open to the public. The meeting agenda and details are available at The meeting will be live-streamed at If special accommodation is required, please contact (541) 737-3449 or [email protected] at least 48 hours in advance.

Lauren Skousen | Executive Assistant, Board of Trustees
Board-updates mailing list
[email protected]

To unsubscribe, send a message to:
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with the word “unsubscribe” in the body.

Meanwhile, at UO:

From: William Harbaugh <[email protected]>
Sent: Friday, November 8, 2019 2:53 PM
To: Angela Wilhelms <[email protected]>
Subject: Fwd: [Board-updates] Public Notice: OSU Board of Trustees to meet Nov. 12 – 13

Hi Angela, is there a way I and others can sign up for similar notifications about upcoming UO BoT meetings?

Bill Harbaugh
UO Economics
[email protected]

From: Angela Wilhelms <[email protected]>
Subject: RE: [Board-updates] Public Notice: OSU Board of Trustees to meet Nov. 12 – 13
Date: November 8, 2019 at 3:38:32 PM PST
To: William Harbaugh <[email protected]>

Hi Bill,
Thanks for inquiring. A list-serve is one of the items on my to do list for this academic year. We do not currently have one.


  1. eugenenative 12/06/2019

    It’s on her list Bill. What more do you want?

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