CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon Legislature on Wednesday confirmed the appointment of five new members to the Oregon State University Board of Trustees.

The new trustees, who began their service as they were confirmed, are:

  • Maria Teresa Chavez-Haroldson, regional equity, diversity and inclusion director at Willamette Education Service District, will serve as an at-large trustee and is a Corvallis area resident.
  • Susan Clark, an accountant in Oregon State’s Division of Finance and Administration, will serve as the staff trustee.
  • Román Hernández, office managing partner in the Portland office of national law firm Troutman Pepper, will serve as an at-large trustee and is a Portland area resident.
  • Jax Richards, an OSU undergraduate student in economics and social public policy, will serve as the student trustee.
  • Inara Scott, the Gomo Family Professor and assistant dean for teaching and learning excellence in Oregon State’s College of Business, will serve as the faculty trustee.

Gov. Kate Brown selected OSU’s newest trustees from a pool of volunteer leaders put forward by the OSU Board of Trustees, OSU Faculty Senate and the Associated Students of Oregon State University.

The new trustees replace outgoing trustees Mike Bailey, Khawater Hussein, Paul Kelly, Stephanie Smith and Mike Thorne.

Trustees are volunteers with a commitment to public higher education. They are not compensated for their work on the board. As public officials who hold a fiduciary responsibility for Oregon State’s overall management, oversight and operational and financial sustainability, trustees are guided by the board’s core values of accountability, diversity, integrity, respect and social responsibility.

The student, faculty and staff trustees serve two-year terms. The remaining trustees serve four-year terms. Learn more about the OSU’s Board of Trustees by visiting its website.

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About Oregon State University: As one of only three land, sea, space and sun grant universities in the nation, Oregon State serves Oregon and the world by working on today’s most pressing issues. Our more than 35,000 students come from across the globe, and our programs operate in every Oregon county. Oregon State receives more research funding than all of the state’s comprehensive public universities combined. At our campuses in Corvallis and Bend, marine research center in Newport, OSU Portland Center and award-winning Ecampus, we excel at shaping today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders.

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