OSU Interim President Search Nears an End

OSU Trustees May Have a New Interim President

The search for an interim and a permanent president of Oregon State University continues, and the process and timeline is being tracked on a webpage led by the Board of Trustees. 

Although the Board has not yet announced their timeline for hiring a permanent president, the process of hiring an interim president will wrap up this week, with the announcement of the final candidate recommendation at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, followed by a University forum. 

Members of the OSU community, including students, staff, faculty, alumni and stakeholders have the opportunity to comment on the Interim President recommendation until 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15. 

As far as the search for a permanent president is concerned, the Board has not yet announced a timeline for the search. University spokesperson Steve Clark said that the Board would be taking stock of community input over the next few weeks regarding the selection process and the review of 2019’s presidential search before announcing any specific date. 

As far as the qualifications and characteristics of an ideal presidential candidate, Clark said that the Board would be weighing the priorities of the University, the State and our society. He also referenced the presidential leadership profile outlined for an ideal president during the 2019 election. 

OSU Trustee Darald Callahan told The Daily Barometer that making the search completely public may limit the number of candidates willing to apply for the job for fear of losing their current jobs. “That’s the balance I think,” Callahan said, “if we run a so-called ‘open search’ where finalists come to campus publicly, we run the risk of not attracting a number of good candidates.” 

By Ardea C. Eichner