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April 18, 2014, PORTLAND – The State Board of Higher Education met today in a Special Meeting and in its regularly scheduled Finance & Administration Committee meeting, completing a number of actions including:

  • The Board voted to move Dr. Melody Rose, to “regular status,” removing “interim” from her title, effective immediately, as part of the Chancellor’s contract renewal. Chancellor Rose had served as interim chancellor for the Oregon University System beginning in February 2013.
  • Approved the Chancellor’s recommendation to name Dr. Jay Kenton as Interim President of Eastern Oregon University (EOU) (a separate release on this at: /university-system-vice-chancellor-jay-kenton-appointed-interim-president-eastern-oregon-university)
  • Charged the Chancellor to bring search guidelines to the Board in June to review as the first step to initiate presidential searches for EOU and Western Oregon University (WOU).
  • Reviewed the 2015-2017 capital project requests from EOU, Oregon Tech (OIT), Southern Oregon University (SOU), and WOU; and approved the list for submittal to the Higher Education Coordinating Commission.
  • Approved the revised allocation of state funding for FY 2013-14, including changes at all campuses resulting from the enrollment funding settle-up, tuition buy-down settle-up, and new funding allocated for SEIU compensation increases at EOU, OIT, Portland State University, SOU and WOU.
  • Accepted the Oregon State University 2013 Annual Financial Report.
  • Approved a request to the State Treasurer to issue $77,687,500 in Article XI-F(1) bonds.
  • Approved the April 2014 Internal Audit Division Progress Report.
  • Heard a summary of the OUS asbestos settlement distribution from a law suit against W.R. Grace and Company.


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