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OSU Board of Trustees finalizes plan to pick interim president

A final candidate will be presented to the board by the week of April 12.

Posted: Apr 2, 2021 10:01 PM

CORVALLIS, Ore.-- The Oregon State Board of Trustees laid out its process for finding an interim president.

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Trustee Patt Bedient will meet with OSU staff, faculty, students, administrators, university partners and other stakeholders to review nominations for interim president over the next week.

A final candidate will be presented to the board by the week of April 12.

During that time, there will be a community forum where people can share their input. Steve Clark, Vice President for University Relations, said the university has already gotten lots of input from the community.

"There's been strong interest by the community in participation that's underway right now and has been for the last week with in-person zoom meetings where candidates and interested parties discussing who can be president," Clark said.

According to Clark, the interim president will serve for roughly a year until a permanent president is selected.

Leading contenders for the position have not been named but Clark said many nominees are qualified for the job.

The Board of Trustees also agreed on an external review of the due diligence process done in 2019 that led to F. King Alexander becoming president. That review is expected to be done by May 31.

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