As Associate Vice President, Lita is responsible for developing partnerships to advance Oregon Tech’s academic plans and strategic priorities. She represents Oregon Tech on industry and community boards, and serves as the University's advocate on industry, government, and economic development issues with both internal and external stakeholders. Lita also works closely with faculty to increase the competitiveness of sponsored projects and grants by connecting them to business partners and research opportunities. Lita serves on Oregon Tech’s executive team.
Prior to joining Oregon Tech in 2007, Lita was Oregon Governor Kulongoski’s Workforce Policy Advisor. Ms. Colligan's primary responsibility was developing policies and programs to fulfill the Governor’s vision for high-quality education and skills training to catalyze Oregon’s economic growth. She focused primarily on the manufacturing, healthcare and renewable energy industries. Lita enjoys bicycling, hiking, traveling, photography, and cooking.