Portland Business Journal
By Matthew Kish
January 22nd, 2014
Western Oregon University on Wednesday said it wants to form an independent board of directors.
The Oregon Legislature last year passed a bill that OK’d the creation of local boards for the three largest public universities — the University of Oregon, Oregon State University and Portland State University — and gives the other four universities the option.
The Oregon Board of Higher Education must approve the request.
The new boards are part of an ongoing effort to reorganize the state’s education system. University and civic leaders have argued local boards will help with fundraising and increase the involvement of civic and business leaders in the higher education system.
The boards would have the authority to hire and fire university presidents, issue some bonds and set tuition within parameters set by the Legislature.
“A board of trustees dedicated to the university’s success will position us to continue doing what we do best: educating Oregonians,” said Western Oregon President Mark Weiss in a news release.
Western Oregon is the oldest public university in Oregon. It has roughly 6,200 students.