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Dr. Jay Kenton

Interim President Kenton

Dr. Jay Kenton became Interim President of Oregon Tech on July 1, 2016 from his previous role as Interim Vice President for Finance and Administration. Kenton’s background, including a PhD in public administration and policy, make him an ideal choice as Interim President. His previous roles in higher education include Interim President at Eastern Oregon University, Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration at the Oregon University System, Vice President of Finance and Administration at Portland State University and, very early in his career, working for Oregon Tech in the finance area. Dr. Kenton also holds a Masters of Education with an emphasis in higher education administration and has taught at the university level and served as a faculty advisor to students, which has gained him experience across the board serving faculty, staff and students.

Through practicing transparency and shared governance, Dr. Kenton has demonstrated that he is able to ensure that Oregon Tech has a continued relationship at the state level, which his experience at EOU and OUS have provided.

Dr. Kenton has significant expertise in public-private partnerships for capital development, leveraging local, state, federal and private funding sources to achieve significant economic development or educational and research goals. He is also experienced in participating in legislative activities, has provided legislative testimony in committee hearings relating to budget, finance, business management and capital project requests on numerous occasions, both on behalf of the system and the institutions with which he has worked. He is also experienced in working with state legislators, governor’s staff, city officials and business leaders on issues relating to institutional finance, management and capital development.

Dr. Kenton's education includes a Ph.D. in Public Administration and Policy from Portland State University with a Public Finance Emphasis in College and University Finance; a M.Ed. Emphasis in Higher Education Administration from Oregon State University; and a B.S. in Business Administration, Accounting from Oregon State University.