Jay Kenton

Jay Kenton

Profession & Company


Graduate Year/Degree

Ph.D. – Public Administration and Policy, with a Public Finance Emphasis in College and University Finance - Portland State University (2000)
Masters of Education, with an Emphasis in Higher Education Administration - Oregon State University (1989)
B.S., Business Administration, Accounting - Oregon State University (1981)

Prior Position/Company

Oregon Institute of Technology – Interim President (2016-2017); Interim Vice President for Finance and Administration (2016)
Eastern Oregon University – Interim President (2014-2015)
Oregon University System – Special Assistant to the Chancellor (2014); Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer (2005-2013)

Accomplishments and Awards

Named the PSU Exemplary Employee for 1993-94; Leader of an administrative team that received the 1994 Management Innovation Award from NACUBO for administrative restructuring project associated with a multiple strategy approach to downsizing, business process redesign, and total quality management; Author of a monograph entitled, Understanding, Presenting and Analyzing Financial Management Information for Colleges and Universities, National Association of College and University Business Officers, 2002; Author of article entitled, “Harvesting the High Hanging Fruit,” Change Magazine, September/October 2014.

Volunteer Activities

Member, Portland Teachers Credit Union Board of Directors 1994-96; Member, Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue Board of Directors - Budget Committee (1995 - 2002); Western Association of College and University Business Officers (WACUBO) Board of Directors and numerous committees (1992-2008). Served as WACUBO President (2005-06); Member National Association of College and University Business Officers Board of Directors (NACUBO) (2005-2008). Member NACUBO Professional Development Committee and President’s Advisory Committee (1995-1999); Chairman of the Portland Development Commission’s South Waterfront Urban Renewal District oversight committee (2002-04).

Serves as: (Oregon Tech Foundation Committee)

Finance Committee

Why it is important to me to be involved with the Oregon Tech Foundation

Oregon Tech is a very special institution, its program offerings are perfectly aligned with workforce needs; its dedicated faculty and staff and their connections to industry and concern for their students make its return on investment second to none. Plus, the institution is well positioned to assist Klamath Falls and greater Oregon as it transitions to a more diversified and stable economy that will ensure a vibrant future for all Oregonians.