OSU Considers Firing Alexander, Trustees Set Wednesday Public Meeting

President F. King Alexander, taking office July 1, 2020

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The chair of the Oregon State University Board of Trustees announced today that the board will meet from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 17 to hear public comment, and in public session with OSU President F. King Alexander, review and discuss the findings and recommendations of the Husch Blackwell report as it regards his leadership at LSU over Title IX, his handling of sexual misconduct and subsequent information regarding sexual misconduct that has been shared.

In a press release, the university said “Following this public session, the board will hold an executive session, pursuant to ORS 192.660(2)(b) to consider the dismissal or disciplining of, or to hear complaints or charges brought against, a public officer, employee, staff member or individual agent who does not request an open hearing and pursuant to ORS 192.660(2)(i) to review and evaluate the employment-related performance of the chief executive officer of any public body, a public officer, employee or staff member who does not request an open hearing.”

Following executive session, the board members will return to public session for discussion and consideration of next steps and may consider and take potential action.

A link to the board chair’s message is available here.

To accommodate anticipated interest in providing public comment to the board, those interested should email trustees@oregonstate.edu to register for making public comment by noon on Tuesday, March 16. Written public comments also may be submitted to trustees@oregonstate.edu. Written comments received by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 16 will be shared with trustees in advance of the meeting.

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. The agenda, options for joining the meeting, and instructions for providing comment during the board meeting’s comment period are located under “Meeting Details” at this webpage. If special accommodation is required, please contact 541-737-3449 or lauren.skousen@oregonstate.edu at least 24 hours in advance.