CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University Board of Trustees will hold a retreat on Wednesday, Oct. 18, to discuss tuition affordability, student access and academic excellence as priorities of the university’s strategic vision. The retreat is open to the public and will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Library Seminar Room of the Guin Library at the Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC), 2030 S.E. Marine Science Drive in Newport.

The following committees will meet on Thursday, Oct. 19, in the Guin Library Seminar Room. These meetings are open to the public:

·         The Executive & Audit Committee will meet from 8 to 10:30 a.m. to review the board’s fiscal year 2017 assessment of OSU President Ed Ray; amendments to board policies and the committee’s charter; the committee’s 2018 work plan; and the Office of Audit Services progress report. The committee also will receive a report on the university’s compliance and ethics program, an annual update from the Office of General Counsel, and a risk management report on hazard response and planning.

·         The Academic Strategies Committee will meet from 10:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. to discuss topics including the 2017-18 academic agenda, student athletics, student success efforts, and Title IX gender-based violence prevention, support and response initiatives. The committee also will hear a research report and consider the committee’s 2018 work plan.

Following the committee meetings, the Board will tour research labs at HMSC that underscore the global impact of OSU’s research, teaching and outreach.

The board will meet again on Friday, Oct. 20, in Corvallis. The meeting is open to the public and will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Horizon Room of the Memorial Union, 1500 S.W. Jefferson Way. The board will consider the FY2017 presidential assessment, amendments to board policies and committee charter, and the 2018 board work plan. The board will also hear reports on the university’s efforts to advance equity, inclusion and social justice; OSU’s Vision 2030 statement; the recent legislative session; and board governance.

The board will hold an executive session on Friday, Oct. 20, pursuant to Oregon Revised Statutes 192.660(2)(e) and 192.660(2)(f), ORS 192.501(6), ORS 502(9), ORS 40.225 to conduct deliberations with persons designated by the governing body to negotiate real property transactions and to consider information or records exempt by law from public inspection. Following the executive session, the board will reconvene to consider approval of the acquisition of real property.

The board takes public comment at each board meeting. Commenters must sign up prior to the public comment period of the meeting. Commenters may register by email before the meeting by contacting Marcia Stuart at or may register at the meeting itself. There is also a public comment opportunity before the board votes on each action item listed on the board agenda.

The agendas and meeting materials will be posted as they are available at Accommodation requests should be made at least 48 hours in advance to the Office of the Board of Trustees, Marcia Stuart, 541-737-3449.

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Sean Nealon, 541-737-0787