On Monday, the state Senate Interim Rules and Executive Appointments Committee forwarded the governor’s appointments for the inaugural University of Oregon Board of Trustees to the State Senate for confirmation.
Instead of voting to confirm the members of the board, today the Senate voted to refer all of the governor's executive appointments for three university boards of trustees back to the Senate Rules Committee. The action by the Senate means that confirmation for the UO, OSU and PSU boards of trustees will be carried over until the next time the Legislature meets, in November.
“While disappointing, this small delay in confirmation does not delay our preparedness to have a highly functioning and operational board to help us further our mission as one of our nation's premier public research universities and to enhance access to the world-class education we offer for Oregonians,” said UO President Michael Gottfredson.
The Legislature voted before adjourning in July to approve Senate Bill 270, which established institutional boards of trustees for the UO and Portland State University. The bill also gave Oregon State University the option of establishing an institutional board – which its leaders subsequently chose to do – and lays out a process for Oregon's other public institutions to establish institutional boards.
For more information on the governor’s nominees, the biographies of each are available on the university's Institutional Board website.
- from the UO Office of Strategic Communications