Presidential Search Update from the Board of Trustees
Author: Board of Trustees
Posted: October 3, 2019

Oct. 2, 2019

Dear Campus Community,

As we head into the fall term, the Board of Trustees wants to join others in welcoming you to Portland State, whether this is your first term as a student or your 30th year as a faculty member.  A new academic year always promises fresh opportunities to learn, research, create and innovate. 

It has been a busy and productive summer on campus. Dr. Stephen Percy has agreed to serve as interim president until such time as the Board of Trustees appoints a permanent president. We are grateful for his service and pleased with the steps he is taking to move PSU forward. 

Over the coming months, the Faculty Senate Steering Committee will be studying issues such as the structure and recruitment of administrative leadership and the future of shared governance at PSU. The board has discussed taking up the issue of the presidential search in the Spring of 2020 out of consideration for the timeline for the Faculty Senate Steering Committee’s review. We are committed to the principles of shared governance and look forward to the steering committee’s findings.

The Board of Trustees’ next meeting will be Oct. 10, 2019. Thank you for being valued members of the PSU community.


Gregory Hinckley, chair
Margaret D. Kirkpatrick, vice-chair