CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University Board of Trustees will meet Friday, May 21, 2021, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The board will consider the university’s plans for onsite and in-person instruction, work and activities for fall term, the university’s operating budget for the next fiscal year and amendments to board policies. The board will consider advancing to the construction phase the Reser Stadium West Grandstands and Owen Hall repair projects. The board will hear an update on the 2021 Oregon legislative session.

The board also will review feedback from a retrospective review of the 2019 presidential search process launched earlier this month. The review will consider what went well in the last search process and what might be done differently in the future. Information about the retrospective review and the opportunity to provide input are available at this webpage. Preliminary considerations for the next presidential search process will be discussed at this meeting. Additional input and information will continue to be gathered following the May 21 board discussion. The board will discuss further the proposed process and timeline for the search at its next regularly scheduled board meeting on Oct. 7. It is anticipated that the presidential search will officially begin in fall 2021 to enable students and faculty to participate.

This meeting is open to the public. Given COVID-19 guidance from the governor’s office, as well as university and county health officials, the meeting will be hosted through a remote conferencing service. Options for joining the meeting and instructions for providing comment during the board meeting’s general comment period and in a testimony period held before the board votes on each action item are located under “Meeting Details” at this webpage.

The Board will hold an executive session as part of its agenda, pursuant to ORS 192.660(2)(e) to conduct deliberations with persons designated by the governing body to negotiate real property transactions and ORS 192.660(2)(f) to consider information or records that are exempt by law from public inspection (ORS 192.345(6), attorney-client privilege, ORS 40.225; and ORS 192.355(9)(a)).

Board committees will meet via remote conferencing services on Thursday, May 20. These meetings are open to the public:

  • The Finance and Administration Committee will meet from 8:30 a.m. to noon to consider quarterly financial reports, the university’s operating budget for the next fiscal year, and capital projects on the Corvallis campus including Owen Hall, the Valley Library and Reser Stadium West Grandstands; the Hatfield Marine Science Center Research Seawater System; and the OSU-Cascades Student Success Center. The committee also will discuss university research infrastructure needs.
  • The Academic Strategies Committee will meet from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. to hear briefings on student life and conduct and student-athletes, and consider two new academic programs in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences. 
  • The Executive and Audit Committee will meet from 2:45 to 4:15 p.m. to consider an Office of Audit, Risk and Compliance progress report and amendments to Board policies. The committee also will hear an update on public safety.

Agendas and meeting materials for board and committee meetings will be posted as they are available at If special accommodation is required, please contact (541) 737-3449 or [email protected] at least 48 hours in advance.

General OSU

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 34,000 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.

Story By: 

Sean Nealon, 541-737-0787, [email protected]


Steve Clark, 541-737-3808, [email protected]

Click photos to see a full-size version. Right click and save image to download.