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Gov. Brown takes stance in OSU president controversy

Brown said if the board’s independent investigation finds Alexander did mishandle reports of abuse while president at LSU, she expects the board to take “decisive action to remove him.”

Posted: Mar 18, 2021 5:54 PM
Updated: Mar 18, 2021 6:13 PM

SALEM, Ore. – Gov. Kate Brown is speaking out a day after Oregon State University President F. King Alexander was placed on probation by the board of trustees.

A 262-page scathing report from the law firm Husch Blackwell claims that Louisiana State University repeatedly mishandled Title IX claims during Alexander's time as president. The report highlights the actions of former football coach Les Miles, who is accused of harassing and abusing multiple women.

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Brown said if the board’s independent investigation finds Alexander did mishandle reports of abuse while president at LSU, she expects the board to take “decisive action to remove him.”

The board’s decision to put Alexander on probation until June 1 was made on Wednesday after a public hearing in which students and faculty shared harsh criticisms against the president and the board.

“In Oregon, we must hold our university presidents to the absolute highest standards for leadership and accountability. Not only are they responsible for leading our academic institutions, but they also have the responsibility to ensure the safety of all students under their care. It is my expectation that a university president take action when students come forward with allegations of sexual assault, stalking, or other serious criminal acts,” Brown said.

Alexander issued a message on the university's website.

Dear Members of the OSU Community, I share this message providing my commitment to evaluate and improve Title IX...

Posted by Oregon State University on Wednesday, March 17, 2021

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