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Oregon Tech Board of Trustees Completes First Meeting, Elects Bend Engineer Lisa Graham as Chair, Entrepreneur Steve Sliwa of the Gorge as Vice-Chair

Jan 22, 2015
Oregon Tech Board of Trustees elected Lisa Graham of Bend, Oregon as its initial Chairwoman and Steve Sliwa of the Columbia Gorge as its initial Vice-chairman at inaugural meeting
Board012115WILSONVILLE, OR: January 22, 2015 –The Oregon Institute of Technology (Oregon Tech) Board of Trustees, in its inaugural meeting since member appointments and confirmations last year, yesterday unanimously elected Lisa Graham of Bend, Oregon as its initial Chairwoman. The Trustees also unanimously voted Steve Sliwa of the Columbia Gorge as its initial Vice-chairman. 
Dr. Graham is Chief Scientist at PARADIGMisr, and CEO of Black Canyon Woodworks, both in Bend; and is a Director on the State Board of Higher Education. As a chemical engineer, Graham has worked in a number of corporations – including Bend Research and Dow Chemical – and has served on the Oregon Tech President’s Advisory Council. She has provided leadership to a number of state initiatives that focus on building the workforce pipeline of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) students and graduates in Oregon. 
Dr. Sliwa is a Founder and CEO of Seeq Corporation in White Salmon, Washington, a software company. Previously Sliwa was CEO of Insitu, Inc.; and he has worked at other aerospace organizations including NASA. He was also the third President of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Oregon Tech’s Board of Trustees voted on three initial standing committees:
  • Academic Quality and Student Success Committee will be chaired by Dr. Jeremy Brown, President of Portland Community College, of Portland, Oregon
  • Finance and Facilities Committee will be chaired by Dr. Sliwa
  • Executive Committee will be chaired by Dr. Graham.
Oregon Tech Trustees reviewed and approved bylaws and policies that will guide the governance of the institution. Trustees were also provided with a general orientation on the academic, finance, student affairs, government relations, communications outreach, and other areas of the institution; as well as the scope of the Board’s duties, authorities, and ethical standards.

Oregon Tech’s Trustees will meet quarterly for full Board meetings, rotating between the Klamath Falls and Wilsonville campuses. The Board begins their official authorities on July 1, 2015, but have the authority to initially complete certain actions such as selection of Board leadership and considering tuition, for example. 
About Oregon Tech
Founded in Klamath Falls in 1947, Oregon Institute of Technology is the only public institute of technology in the Pacific Northwest. Oregon Tech provides degree programs in engineering and 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 and relevant learning. Oregon Tech has a full-service, residential campus in Klamath Falls and an urban, industry-focused campus in Wilsonville. Visit www.oit.edu to learn more about Oregon Institute of Technology.
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