The Oregon Tech Board of Trustees is the governing body of Oregon's only polytechnic university; each member is proudly appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the State Senate. The 15 member board is made up of 11 at-large members each appointed to serve a 4-year term; the University President who is a non-voting, ex-officio member; and the faculty, staff, and student members who are each appointed to a 2-year term.

May 30, 2019 Board of Trustees
May 30, 2019 Board of Trustees Meeting

The Oregon Tech Board of Trustees is made up of 14 individuals with varying backgrounds from entrepreneurs and elected officials to CEOs, consultants and managers. The Board includes one student, faculty and staff member of the University, and the University President as an ex-officio, non-voting member. The voting members were nominated by the Governor and approved by the Senate.

The Board's role is to approve the University's mission, programs, budgets, and strategies. The Board has very broad authority to manage and govern the University. Among it's abilities, the Board can:

  • Appoint and employ a President.
  • Approve the University budget.
  • Borrow money and issue bonds secured by University revenue.
  • Establish any and all University policies.
  • Set tuition, mandatory enrollment fees, and charges, fines, and fees for services (an increase to resident undergraduate tuition and enrollment fees is limited to a 5% cap absent approval from the Higher Education Coordinating Commission or the Legislature).
  • Acquire, hold, and dispose of property.
  • Establish, supervise and control academic and other programs (significant changes are subject to approval of the Higher Education Coordinating Commission).
  • Authorize the construction, improvement, and operation of any kind of building or structure.

Board Values Statement

​As a board, the Trustees pledge to work together to develop a culture characterized by:

  • Above all else, an unwavering commitment to students and their success;
  • Ethical, humble stewardship, always mindful of fiduciary responsibilities and the public trust;
  • Transparency in all communications, guided by integrity, equity and fairness;
  • Mutual trust in one other and in the decisions of the Board as a Whole;
  • Empowerment of and trust in the president to accomplish the institution’s shared goals through delegated authorities and clear, strategic direction;
  • Valuing the contributions of faculty and their role in shared governance, student success, and the academic enterprise;
  • An inclusive, collaborative and safe environment which respects and values the diverse perspectives of all stakeholders;
  • An expectation that every Trustee be a prepared, engaged, and contributing member, committed to robust, constructive debate and a shared agenda; and willing to meet challenges head-on and make difficult decisions;
  • A deliberative, consistent and mindful decision-making process that enlists confidence and has credibility with stakeholders;
  • An entrepreneurial approach to problem solving that is agile and open to change in a continuous effort to improve the overall enterprise; and
  • A commitment to making a difference for individuals and for the State of Oregon by adding value for our students, faculty, staff and campus community through diligent governance, oversight, and strategic direction.

For more information or questions about the Oregon Tech Board of Trustees, please contact Sandra Fox, Board Secretary.

Board Member Position Term(s)
As president, Dr. Nagi Naganathan serves as a non-voting, ex-officio member of the Board.
Jeremy Brown, PhD
Challis Educational Opportunities Consultant
1 September 19, 2014 to June 30, 2018 and
July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2022
Jessica Gomez
Rogue Valley Microdevices, Inc. CEO
10 December 12, 2014 to June 30, 2018 and December 18, 2018 to June 30, 2022
Lisa Graham, PhD, PE
Vice President of Analytics, Seeq
3 September 19, 2014 to June 30, 2018 and
July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2022
Kathleen Hill
Kathleen S. Hill, LLC Consultant
5 September 19, 2014 to June 30, 2018 and
July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2022
Vincent Jones, PE
Retired Civil Engineer
Oregon Tech Alumni
11 June 1, 2016 to June 30, 2018 and
July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2022
Rosalind 'Rose' McClure
Associate Professor/Department Chair
Natural Science, Oregon Tech Faculty
 8 July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2020
Jill Mason
OHSU Dental Hygienist/Educator
14 October 1, 2015 to June 30, 2019 and July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2023
Kelley Minty Morris
Klamath County Commissioner
6 September 19, 2014 to June 30, 2018 and
July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2022
Dr. Nagi Naganathan
Oregon Tech President
Ex-officio Ex-officio
Oregon Tech Student
Oregon Tech Staff
 4 to June 30, 2021
Mike Starr
Boeing Global Services Vertical Leader of Actuation
7 December 17, 2018 to June 30, 2022
Paul Stewart
Sky Lakes Medical Center CEO
12 December 12, 2014 to June 30, 2018 and
July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2022
Fred Ziari
13 December 12, 2014 to June 30, 2018 and
July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2022
At-large Position
9  to June 30, 2022