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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 Trustees approve annual budget to drive future growth and student success

by Joel McPherson | May 26, 2017
The Oregon Tech Board of Trustees met for its spring meeting, approving the 2017-18 operating budget for the University

WILSONVILLE, OR. – The Oregon Institute of Technology (Oregon Tech) Board of Trustees met May 25 at the Portland-Metro Campus in Wilsonville for its spring meeting, approving the 2017-18 operating budget for the University. The budget enables strategic investment opportunities balanced against the realities of state fiscal constraints.

Oregon Tech Board Chair Dr. Lisa Graham said, “We are excited about the planned investments in our students and university, which will have big payoffs in the medium- and long-term for Oregon Tech, our communities and the state. Through targeted investments we expect to positively influence student outcomes, including retention, graduation rates, and successful careers after graduation.”

Oregon Tech vice president for Finance and Administration, Brian Fox, summarized the recommended operating budget for the university. Fox said while the primary goals of the 2017-18 budget are to ensure stability and continuity for academic and administrative operations and to deliver on the shared investment promise to our students during the tuition setting process, the Trustees also saw it important to approve a strategic investment pool for future growth and to ensure flexibility given uncertain state funding. The total budget is proposed at $61.9 million. After discussion, the Trustees unanimously approved the 2017-18 annual operating budget.

The university’s Education and General Fund operating budget is the primary budget for Oregon Tech. It includes revenues from tuition and fees, State General Fund appropriations and other income. These revenues are used to fund instruction, public service, academic support, student service, physical plant and administrative expenses of the institution.

About Oregon Tech
Founded in Klamath Falls in 1947, Oregon Institute of Technology is the premier public polytechnic institution in the Pacific Northwest. Oregon Tech provides bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in engineering, health technologies, business, technology, communication, and applied sciences that prepare students to be effective participants in their professional, public, and international communities through applied and relevant learning and professional practice. Oregon Tech has a full-service, residential campus in Klamath Falls, an urban, industry-focused campus in Wilsonville, an Online Campus, and offers degrees at Boeing Seattle and at other sites. Visit www.oit.edu to learn more about Oregon Institute of Technology.