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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, Nicole Galster, for Oregon Tech Governing Board

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Oregon Tech student, Nicole Galster, confirmed as newest Board of Trustees member

NicoleGalsterSalem, OR The Oregon Senate today confirmed a new trustee for the governing board of the Oregon Institute of Technology (Oregon Tech): Nicole Galster, a current student at Oregon Tech’s Klamath Falls campus. Trustee Galster will join her colleagues for the next meeting of the Board on October 3.

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. Ms. Galster is filling the student position, left vacant by Melissa Ceron who graduated in June.

Ms. Galster is a senior pursuing a degree in Management with a Marketing option at Oregon Tech and is expected to graduate in June 2017. After receiving her Associate of Arts in General Studies from Umpqua Community College, she chose to attend Oregon Tech because of the small class sizes, personable faculty, beautiful location overlooking Upper Klamath Lake, and the dedication to a quality education on which Oregon Tech built its reputation. She is involved with Phi Beta Lambda, the collegiate division of Future Business Leaders of America, and the Oregon Tech Leadership Academy, in addition to making the Dean's or President's list nearly every term. She also serves as a Youth Mentor and as part of the Oregon Tech Circle K Club, which helps the local community through dedicating time to events and organizations such as the Klamath Animal Shelter and Operation Christmas Child.

Ms. Galster also works as a Marketing Intern at AHM Brands in Eugene, Oregon and for Mark Sheldon Marketing in Roseburg, Oregon. For more information on Oregon Tech Board members, go to: www.oit.edu/trustees.