OSU Board Approves ‘Presidential Leadership Profile’

The Oregon State University board of trustees on Friday approved a presidential profile that will help the university search for a new president. In a press release from the university, the board also heard an update on ongoing national research and anticipates the selection of a new president in late May.

“The profile calls on the incoming university president to advance OSU’s momentum in research, teaching, and public engagement while remaining true to a model of inclusive excellence,” said the chairman of the board, Kirk Schueler. “The profile will be essential in recruiting and evaluating applicants as the Board engages with the Research Advisory Committee and members and stakeholders of the University community in an inclusive and transparent research process.”

The presidential profile is a roadmap for the qualifications the university is considering for the next president. The profile was gathered from an online survey and feedback provided during 15 listening sessions involving members of the OSU community and stakeholders that the Council held in January, according to the release.

At the end of May, the finalists will visit the OSU campus and participate in public forums and meetings with members and stakeholders of the university community, including members of the research committee. Each finalist will be interviewed by the Board of Directors, who will collect and review community and stakeholder feedback on the nominees.

“We are having important discussions about how we can extend an impactful culture of care for OSU employees and students and mitigate the impacts of what they are experiencing,” Acting President Becky Johnson said.

Johnson took over the role of interim president last year after the university was rocked by the scandal surrounding former president F. King Alexander. Alexander tendered his resignation effective April 1, 2021, amid evidence of mishandling of sexual misconduct allegations at Louisiana State University, where he served as chancellor and president from 2013 to 2019.

If a new president is chosen in time, he should take office in July. For more on Johnson and Schueler, check out our latest CitySpeak.

by Jennifer Williams

Kevin E. Boling