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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, William Perry, for Oregon Tech Governing Board

by User Not Found | May 04, 2017
Liam Perry, a civil engineering student at the Klamath Falls campus, will begin his term July 1

Salem, OR The Oregon Senate confirmed a new trustee for the governing board of the Oregon Institute of Technology (Oregon Tech): William “Liam” Perry, a current student at Oregon Tech’s Klamath Falls campus. Trustee Perry will take his seat on July 1.

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. Perry is filling the student position, which will be left vacant by Nicole Galster, a bachelor’s degree student who is graduating in June.

LiamPerryMr. Perry grew up in Dallas, Oregon and graduated from Santiam Christian High School. He received honor roll status while in high school and participated in track and cross country - earning him PacWest Scholar Athlete status. He is currently a sophomore pursuing a degree in Civil Engineering at Oregon Tech and expects to graduate in June 2019. He is currently part of the American Society for Civil Engineers-Associated General Contractors (ASCE-AGC) student chapter, which involves coordinating and executing events throughout the school year, as well as planning the 2018 ASCE regional conference to be held in Klamath Falls.

Mr. Perry says that he enjoys exploring Oregon's wilderness on the east side of the state as well as following well-beaten paths on the west side of the state. After graduating, Mr. Perry’s dream job is to work for Disney Imagineers designing theme parks.

In other Board of Trustees’ news, Board member Bill Goloski has been confirmed for another term as staff representative for the university. Trustee Goloski’s new term will run July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2019. For more information on Oregon Tech Board members, go to www.oit.edu/trustees.