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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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Members of Presidential Search Committee Announced; Kelley Minty Morris to Chair

by User Not Found | May 17, 2016
The search for Oregon Institute of Technology’s 7th president has begun with the formation of a 15-member Presidential Search Committee

Oregon Institute of Technology (Oregon Tech) has established a 15-member Presidential Search Committee to assist with the process of conducting a search for a successor to current President Dr. Christopher G. Maples, who announced in March that he intends to step down in June of this year after leading the university as the sixth president since 2008.

The Presidential Search Committee comprises members from throughout the university community, including trustees, faculty, staff, students, alumni, government and community members from Klamath Falls and Wilsonville. It is being chaired by Kelley Minty Morris, current Oregon Tech trustee and Klamath County Commissioner. Trustee Minty Morris is a community leader known for her collaborative approaches and serves on a variety of committees within the community, and as a member of Oregon Tech’s President's Advisory Council.

The members of the Presidential Search Committee are:

Allison Brosterhous K-12 educator, Klamath Falls
Jeremy Brown Trustee, Challis Educational Opportunities Consultant, New York
John Davis State Representative, Wilsonville
Tom Insko President, Eastern Oregon University
Kristen Marsters Oregon Tech Student, ASOIT Past-President, Klamath Falls
Laura McKinney Vice President for Wilsonville campus
Kelley Minty Morris Trustee, Klamath County Commissioner, search chair, Klamath Falls
SophiaLyn Nathenson Assistant Professor, Humanities & Social Science, Klamath Falls
Celia Núñez Trustee, Western Market ADC Manager for State Farm Insurance Company, Wilsonville
Paul Stewart Trustee, Sky Lakes Medical Center CEO, Klamath Falls
Wangping Sun Full professor, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Wilsonville
David Thaemert Tenured Associate Professor, Civil Engineering, Incoming Faculty Senate President, Klamath Falls
Dee Thompson President, Oregon Tech Foundation, Sisters
Bob Wynne President’s Advisory Council member, Wynne Broadcasting Company Owner, Klamath Falls
Ruth Young Oregon Tech Clinic Nurse, Klamath Falls


The committee will begin its work immediately and is charged with a variety of tasks, some of which include selecting a search firm, developing policies and procedures for the search, conducting an analysis of the university’s future needs, managing and interviewing the applicant pool to identify finalists, providing recommendations to the Board, and keeping the university community appropriately apprised, which will include “Town Hall” style forums at later dates to solicit university and community involvement.

The presidential search process is expected to result in a president joining the university in January 2017 but no later than July 1, 2017.  On July 1, 2016, Interim Vice President of Finance and Administration Dr. Jay Kenton will step into the role of Interim President of Oregon Tech. Information regarding the presidential search process is available at www.oit.edu/trustees/presidential-search.


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 degree programs in engineering and health technologies, management, technology, 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.