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Oregon Tech Trustees name U. of Toledo Engineering Dean Nagi Naganathan its 7th President

Nov. 16, 2016, WILSONVILLE, OR.- The Oregon Institute of Technology (Oregon Tech) Board of Trustees named Dr. Nagi Naganathan as its seventh president, following a national search begun this spring. Dr. Naganathan is currently Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Toledo, a position he has held since 2003. Naganathan succeeds Dr. Jay Kenton who has been Interim President since July 1 after former president Dr. Chris Maples chose not to renew his contract earlier this year. Trustees voted unanimously to appoint Dr. Naganathan during a Board meeting held at its Wilsonville Campus.

Naganathan is expected to begin his tenure as president of Oregon Tech in the spring of 2017. He will lead a polytechnic university that has seen record enrollment and degrees in recent years, reaching 5,232 students at all of its campuses and sites in fall 2016, and consistently ranking high in graduates’ return on investment. With three campuses – Klamath Falls, Wilsonville and Online – and other delivery sites, Oregon Tech is growing its footprint in Oregon with degrees not offered elsewhere in the state and often the region, that are meeting industry demand in engineering, technology, healthcare and other applied fields.

Full press release available here.

The Oregon Institute of Technology (Oregon Tech) Board of Trustees voted March 18, 2016 during a Board meeting to accept the wishes of President Chris Maples to not renew his contract, which ended on June 30, 2016. In addition the Board voted to begin seeking new leadership of the university.
After this transition, the Board appointed Dr. Jay Kenton as interim president to serve during several months of a search process for a permanent president. 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. Dr. Kenton has held various roles in higher education including Interim President at Eastern Oregon University, and Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration at the Oregon University System.
 2016 Schedule of events:
July 14
Search Committee Teleconference
August 11
Search Committee Teleconference
September 14 Search Committee Teleconference
October 6
Search Committee Meeting - initial candidate review
Week of October 17 First round of interviews with Search Committee and candidates
October 31-Nov 1
November 7-8
On-campus (Klamath Falls and Wilsonville) interviews with finalists
November 10
Search Committee meeting to recommend top candidate(s) to the Board of Trustees
November 15-16
Board of Trustees Meeting (Wilsonville)

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Oregon Tech community welcomes Dr. Nagi Naganathan this week as its 7th president

by Ashley VanEssen | Apr 04, 2017
Dr. Naganathan spends his first week meeting with the campus community

Dr. Nagi Naganathan officially began his duties as the 7th president of the Oregon Institute of Technology (Oregon Tech) on Monday, April 3. President Naganathan has been readying for his official start since November, when he was named president of the university by Oregon Tech’s Board of Trustees after a nationwide search. Prior to joining Oregon Tech, Dr. Naganathan was dean of engineering at the University of Toledo, served as UT’s interim president, and was the founding chairperson of the Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering Department.

President Naganathan (Naw-ga-naw-thun) is joining Oregon Tech in its 70th year, when the university’s position is strong: enrollment continues to grow and is at an all-time record; new, in-demand bachelor’s and master’s degree programs are being launched at the Klamath Falls, Portland-Metro, and Online campuses; and emerging partnerships such as the Oregon Manufacturing and Innovation Center (OMIC) are expanding Oregon Tech’s industry relationships, applied research, and its students’ preparation for the workforce. Oregon Tech will also announce later this month its new student success rates and average starting salary figures for the Class of 2016, which have increased significantly over the last year.

As part of his inaugural week, the campus community, as well as dignitaries from the Oregon Tech and OT Foundation Boards and the Klamath Falls community, came together this afternoon to welcome Dr. Naganathan and his wife, Dr. Kasturi (Cus-thoo-ree) Naganathan.

“As the new person coming in, it is clear to me how invested you all are in Oregon Tech,” said Dr. Naganathan. “There is a tremendous amount of pride here in building together a unique place where students are encouraged to innovate and take risks, where faculty approach teaching in ways that create relevant experiences; and staff provide layers of support that ensure Oregon Tech is effective and focused on our shared mission. I have been learning how passionate you are about our students and their success, their ability to thrive when they leave Oregon Tech, and the growing demand by industry to hire our graduates.

“I am committed to working with faculty to move forward the academic enterprise with new programs and new resources that will attract and retain diverse students, and give them the education and professional practice that all but guarantees success,” added President Naganathan.

Dr. Naganathan is joining Oregon’s other public university presidents at a time when they are collectively advocating for more funding for Oregon’s students in the 2017 Legislative Session. With current public university funding levels holding at the same levels as seen in 2007-09, presidents are seeking investments that ensure affordable tuition, balanced with funding for the types of student supports that increase retention and graduation rates, and enable a shorter time-to-degree.


About Oregon Tech

Founded in Klamath Falls in 1947, Oregon Institute of Technology is the premier public polytechnic university the Pacific Northwest. Oregon Tech provides degree programs in engineering, technology health technologies, management, communication, and applied sciences that prepare students to be effective participants in their professional, public, and international communities through hands-on, applied learning. Oregon Tech has a full-service, residential campus in Klamath Falls, an urban, industry-focused campus in Wilsonville, an Online campus, as well as other degree delivery sites at Seattle-Boeing and partner community colleges. Visit www.oit.edu to learn more about Oregon Institute of Technology.