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Donor Spotlight: Angela Wykoff
Donor Spotlight: Angela Wykoff
Angela Wykoff began her studies at Portland State University on the recommendation of a friend. She initially studied Math and received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in the program before returning two years later to pursue engineering at the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science, then known as the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Wykoff was working and older than the typical college student so she was drawn to PSU because she could take a wide variety of courses that fit into her schedule. 

As an engineering student, Wykoff was part of a cohort of young professionals transitioning to the field from a variety of other careers. Her cohort consisted of an artist, a writer, an anthropologist, and an occupational therapist among others. The variety of perspectives each student brought to the table was a highlight of her educational experience at Portland State. The cohort became quite close during their studies and Wykoff fondly remembers her interesting and diverse conversations with the group over coffee or a beer.

After receiving her Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering in 1980, she went on to have a 24-year long career at Bonneville Power Administration. Wykoff started off as Design Engineer, was promoted to Project Manager for transmission line projects, and finally Program Manager for all engineering projects. After deregulations of the energy industry, she led a team to negotiate power sales contracts with generating utilities and large industrial entities.

Wykoff credits her successful career to the education she received at Portland State. When asked to choose one word to describe what PSU means to her she said “inspiring.” The dedicated faculty members, especially Professor Emeritus Chik Erzurumlu, motivated her to explore new ways of thinking. She also was inspired by the variety of classes offered at PSU, among her favorites were thermodynamics and fluid mechanics.

Wykoff knows from personal experience the difficulties students face when trying to study, work, and raise a family, which is what drives her passion to support students. In 2020, Wykoff made a gift to the Maseeh College through her estate plan to support female engineering students who are single parents.

In addition to her generous estate gift, Wykoff has given back to PSU through her time and service in various roles and committees. She previously served as the President of the Alumni Association Board, as well as, on the search committees to fill the roles of Maseeh College Dean and PSU President. Wykoff also stays involved with the PSU community as a member of the Maseeh College Academy of Distinguished Alumni. Angela credits her roles and involvement at PSU for introducing her to a larger community of connections and experiences which she is grateful to be a part of. 

Today, she enjoys spending time abroad in France where she and her husband own a home, as well as learning Spanish and French. She’s also an active member of Rotary International Service Committee and recently traveled to Guatemala to review projects. 

Interested in learning more about including Portland State University in your estate plans? Join Portland State University for a free estate planning webinar June 11th, 2020 from 2-3pm, online via zoom. Attorney John Boylston will share his expert tips for creating an estate plan that works for you and your family. For more information contact Assistant Director of Development, Carol Perales, at peralesc@psuf.org