CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University Board of Trustees on Friday approved OSU President Jayathi Murthy’s goals for the 2023 fiscal year and advanced construction of several projects on the Corvallis campus and at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport.
The board heard a report on efforts to advance equity, inclusion and social justice within OSU; received updates related to discussions with stakeholders and state leaders regarding OSU managing the Elliott State Research Forest, and Oregon State’s legislative priorities; and heard a presentation on best practices in governance by boards of trustees.
Murthy’s presidential goals call for deepening connections with OSU stakeholders, including industry partners, elected officials, community leaders and K-12 and higher education leaders; evaluating OSU strategies and progress in key areas such as student success, research, equity and statewide engagement and service; and advocating for state support of higher education and OSU priority initiatives, including work to help advance the semiconductor industry.
Other presidential goals include participating in the development of OSU’s next strategic plan; deepening connections with the OSU Foundation; evaluating the effectiveness of university-wide marketing and communications to amplify OSU’s impact within Oregon and beyond; and engaging with OSU Athletics and PAC-12 Conference leaders to contribute to strategies within the changing landscape of intercollegiate athletics.
“I am very invested in these goals and very excited about the work ahead,” said Murthy. “I am committed to greatly advance student access and support student success, including higher graduation rates.”
Murthy has said she is committed to increasing Oregon State’s already large research footprint that last year totaled more than $471 million in grant-funded research.
“OSU is well-poised to address and help solve some of the most complex problems facing Oregon and the world in areas such climate, sustainability, community economic resilience and water resources,” Murthy said. “This work is essential for humankind and will require collaboration throughout OSU and with other universities, as well as support and partnership with state and federal leaders and stakeholders in business.”
Trustees approved a resolution of appreciation recognizing Becky Johnson for her service as Oregon State interim president from May 2021 through early September 2022, and for service beginning in 1984 as a university faculty member, academic leader and OSU-Cascades vice president.
Trustees heard from Scott Vignos, interim vice president and chief diversity officer, that OSU is making significant progress in advancing the university’s diversity strategic plan. Efforts include adoption of an employee of color retention and success strategy; expanded educational partnerships; launch of an equity leadership consortium within OSU; expanded support for Native and Indigenous students, employees and communities; and expanded diversity community relations throughout Oregon.
Vignos said future priorities include expanding programs to improve recruiting and retaining faculty and staff committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, and expanding engagement and services offered in the Portland region by OSU Extension, OSU divisions including Student Affairs and the Office of Institutional Diversity, the OSU Alumni Association and the OSU Foundation.
A panel discussion followed with university faculty and staff engaged in diversity, equity and inclusion programs.
Trustees approved several building and construction projects on Friday, including:
The board also approved a 2023 board work plan and 2022 board assessment results.
They also heard reports from student leaders on the university’s Corvallis and Bend campuses, and updates from leaders within the OSU Faculty Senate, the OSU Foundation, the trustees’ presidential transition committee and the Higher Education Coordinating Commission.
Three board committees met Thursday:
During the board meeting, trustees heard public testimony from eight community members regarding College of Forestry research forest planning; three community members about university student housing plans; and one graduate student regarding compensation for OSU graduate assistants.
The board meeting concluded with an executive session enabled by Oregon law.
The board also held a retreat on Wednesday at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in the Gladys Valley Marine Studies Building to discuss the development of the university’s next strategic plan.
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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