Deadline approaching for three board of trustees nominations

Nominations to fill three upcoming openings on the University of Oregon Board of Trustees are due to the governor’s office by March 13.

The openings come as a pair of the board’s inaugural members and its student trustee step down from their posts as their terms come to an end in June.

Board Chair Ginevra Ralph and trustee Ross Kari, who were both appointed to the board when it was formed in 2013, will leave this spring at the conclusion of their terms. Julia Lo, a senior in the Clark Honors College, will step down upon her graduation.

All nominations for at-large or designated positions on the board are submitted directly to the governor’s executive appointments office. More information on how to apply or submit a nomination can be found on the governor’s boards and commissions website.

To fill the open seats or make reappointments, Gov. Tina Kotek nominates candidates from the submissions and sends them to the Oregon Senate for a vote. If confirmed by the Senate, terms for each of the nominees would begin July 1.

The first term of faculty trustee Ed Madison of the School of Journalism and Communication ends this spring. Faculty members, staff and student trustees are eligible for two terms. Madison will be seeking reappointment for a second term on the board.

Additional details on the process can be found on the board of trustees website. Any questions can be directed to the board’s office via email at or by calling 541-346-3166.

By Jim Murez, University Communications