CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State University announced two unrelated moves today that collectively will have impacts on its Division of Finance and Administration over the next several months.

First, Vice President for Finance and Administration Mark McCambridge will begin a scheduled medical leave beginning tomorrow that is expected to last through the end of the spring term. Taking over for McCambridge on an interim basis will be Dr. Bob Nettles, currently director of Administrative Services for OSU.

Nettles has 22 years of experiences as a university vice president for business affairs for multiple campuses, including the Oregon Institute of Technology, from which he retired in 2009. He came out of retirement last year to take over leadership of OSU's Business Centers. Since then, he has successfully led implementation of three new centers and has overseen university efforts to improve services for all business centers and develop technology-based systems for selective processes.

"Bob's unblemished track record and knowledge of financial affairs at public institutions of higher education are tremendous assets, and we're fortunate that he's available to provide experienced leadership during this interim period," said McCambridge. "I'm personally grateful that he's able to step up to this challenge."

One of Nettles' first responsibilities will be to launch a search for a new director of Budget and Fiscal Planning. Incumbent Brian Meara, who joined the university last year, is resigning effective April 8 to deal with pressing family matters in another state.

That search will begin immediately, said McCambridge.

"We deeply appreciate Brian's outstanding service to OSU, and prior to that, to the Oregon University System," said McCambridge of Meara, who previously served for five years as the system's assistant vice chancellor for budget operations. "While we identify a permanent director, I am confident that our team will effectively manage the university budget with oversight from Bob Nettles and the provost."

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