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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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Board of Trustees endorse President Naganathan’s bold vision and strategy for Oregon Institute of Technology

by User Not Found | Oct 30, 2017
To help realize the vision, President Naganathan spoke of the need for a vibrant beginning and shared a dynamic, short-term action plan

The Oregon Institute of Technology (“Oregon Tech”) Board of Trustees endorsed the bold vision for the university outlined at its October 26th meeting on the Klamath Falls Campus. Dr. Nagi Naganathan, Oregon Tech’s president since April of this year, laid out an ambitious strategy to ensure that the state’s only public polytechnic university continues and accelerates its trajectory of success for its students.

President Naganathan outlined his vision for Oregon Tech to the Board, that Oregon Tech will become an established world leader among polytechnic institutions, enjoying a reputation as ‘industry’s university’ that nurtures the best of professionals for engineering, health, business, and technology fields; as well as emphasizing hands-on undergraduate and graduate education and applied research.

To help realize the vision, President Naganathan spoke of the need for a vibrant beginning and shared a dynamic, short-term action plan focusing on: increasing the reputational capital of the university, enrollment, and student and campus diversity; providing spaces and incentives for faculty innovation; investing in professional development opportunities for faculty and staff; focusing on university pride; improving efficacy of business operations; expanding relationships and outreach to alumni and donors; and continuing to leverage Oregon Tech’s academic and industry partnerships.

Dr. Lisa Graham, Chair of Oregon Tech’s Board of Trustees said, “This is certainly a bold vision for the university, and I believe it is precisely what Oregon Tech needs now to continue to meet the needs of industry and the state for a strong technology and healthcare workforce.” She added, “Our results today are tremendous, with a 95% graduate success rate and high starting salaries. But we need to get the word out about our value proposition and how our industry connections build a strong workforce and strengthen our regional economy in ways that attract and retain companies and jobs in Oregon. This action plan is going to be a game-changer for the university.”

Board members endorsed and accepted the action plan and expressed support for the strategy that they feel will accelerate Oregon Tech’s ability to serve Oregonians now and in the future.

President Naganathan noted, “In achieving our goals, we will become Oregon’s Institute of Technology, with benefits that will impact all of our stakeholders. I’m excited to work with our Board, faculty, staff, students, and external partners to realize this vision for Oregon Tech.”