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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 Senate Confirms New Trustee, Vincent Jones, for Oregon Tech Governing Board

by User Not Found | May 25, 2016
Vincent Jones, a retired civil engineer for the Los Angeles Department of Transportation will join his fellow trustees for the next meeting of the Board on June 29-30 in Klamath Falls

Salem, OR The Oregon Senate today confirmed a new trustee for the governing board of Oregon Institute of Technology (Oregon Tech): Vincent (Vince) Jones, a retired civil engineer for the Los Angeles Department of Transportation who started his career with the Oregon Department of Transportation. With his official term beginning immediately, Trustee Jones will join his colleagues for the next meeting of the Board on June 29-30 in Klamath Falls.

There are eleven at-large positions on the Board, three positions filled by Faculty, Staff and Student members, and an ex officio position held by Oregon Tech’s President, for a total of fifteen members. Mr. Jones is filling a vacant position and will serve for a 4-year term.

Vince Jones began his engineering career with the Oregon Department of Transportation and worked there for about four years before returning to Southern California where he worked for the City of Los Angeles, Department of Public Works, Bureau of Engineering for 27 years. Prior to his working career, Vince was a student athlete at Oregon Tech and played basketball for legendary coach Dan Miles from 1979-81, and graduated in 1985.

While at the City of Los Angeles, Vince worked on a wide range of projects as a design engineer, project manager and construction manager. Some of the programs he worked on included stints in wastewater design, new animal exhibits and facilities for the Los Angeles Zoo, and new library facilities. He was the Program Manager for a $600 million Citywide Public Safety Bond Program, responsible for managing staff, budget and schedule to deliver 13 projects to improve, renovate, expand and replace police, fire, and paramedic facilities. Vince also held the title of Deputy City Engineer/Assistant General Manager where he oversaw a program comprised of five distinct offices with 139 full-time employees and 160 projects with a capital improvement budget of over $243 million. The program was responsible for design, construction management and project management for street and storm water projects, environmental studies, geotechnical engineering, real estate negotiations and acquisitions, and structural engineering services for Los Angeles city projects. He also represented the City of Los Angeles on the coordination of the Endeavour Space Shuttle Move to the California Science Center. Vince has the distinction of being the first African American in the history of the Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering to reach the executive management level of Deputy City Engineer.

Vince currently serves as a commissioner on the City of Chino Hills Public Works Commission, and is a past Board Member and Treasurer for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Citizens On Patrol Volunteer Unit. He also volunteers as a youth basketball coach. Vince is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of California. He has an Associate of Engineering Degree in Structural Engineering and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Oregon Institute of Technology.

For more information on Oregon Tech Board members, go to: www.oit.edu/trustees.