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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 Tech Trustees approve President Maples’ transition plan

by User Not Found | Jun 09, 2016
The Committee discussed the transition agreement between Dr. Maples and the university, which includes provisions for a six-month period beginning on July 1, 2016
The Oregon Institute of Technology (Oregon Tech) Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees met Wednesday to review and approve a Presidential Transition Plan for Dr. Chris Maples, who announced earlier this spring that he was not seeking renewal of his contract, which expires on June 30, 2016. 

The Committee discussed the transition agreement between Dr. Maples and the university, which includes provisions for a six-month period beginning on July 1, 2016 at his current monthly pay rate, and coverage of healthcare benefits during that period through a stipend equivalent to current cost of coverage. During that period, President Maples will be available to the Board leadership to provide information or to advise concerning Board of Trustees or Oregon Tech operations. Members in attendance voted unanimously to approve the agreement.

In other business, Committee members approved an amended resolution adopting Oregon Tech’s mission and core themes. After presenting to the Higher Education Coordinating Commission in April, HECC commissioners requested a minor change in wording, replacing “Oregon citizens” with the word “Oregonians.” Trustees voted to approve the change today and forward to the HECC. The HECC will be reviewing the mission statement again at a meeting on June 9 for final approval.

After discussing the agenda for the Executive Committee meeting scheduled on June 29, the meeting was adjourned.