Perspective from the Presidents
Oregon's higher education system is seriously underfunded. To begin to address this issue, Governor Kitzhaber and the Oregon Legislature passed new legislation to create independent trustee boards at Oregon State University, Portland State University, and University of Oregon. This allows OSU, PSU and UO the autonomy to hire and fire presidents, set tuition and fees, and oversee operations individually, instead of being part of the Oregon Board of Higher Education. President Wim Wiewel of PSU, President Edward Ray of OSU and President Michael Gottfredson of UO will discuss their perspectives on the new board structure, new collaborations, and rebuilding higher education. They will shine a light on their respective schools regarding research, academics, innovation, and work force development potential under a bold reform that could allow competitiveness for funding to push higher education forward.
President Wim Wiewel assumed the presidency of Portland State University in 2008. He was previously provost and V.P. of Academic Affairs at the University of Baltimore. He also served as dean of Business Administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago. President Wiewel's degrees include sociology and urban planning (University of Amsterdam) and a Ph.D. in Sociology from Northwestern University. His most recent book is: Global Universities & Urban Development. President Wiewel's research is focused upon urban development and global universities.
President Ed Ray has served as OSU's president since 2003. Dr. Ray came to OSU from Ohio State where he served as economics department chair, senior vice provost, and as executive vice president and provost.He served as chair of the CEO Group of the Pac-12 Conference and the Enforcement Working Group for the National Collegiate Athletic Association, and three years on the NCAA's Executive Committee. His degrees include mathematics from Queens College, a master's in economics from Stanford University, and Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University. His research interests are the history of protectionism in the U.S., investment and trade barriers in the U.S.and the adoption of Social Security. He has authored the book, U.S. Protectionism and the World Debt Crisis.
Michael Gottfredson was appointed President of the University of Oregon in 2012. Previously, he served at the University of California at Irvine where he was vice chancellor and professor of Criminology, Law and Society. President Gottfredson also held positions at the University of Arizona (Interim V.P. for academic affairs and provost, and VP of Undergraduate Education). His degrees include a master's and Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Albany, and an A.B. from the University of California at Davis. His research interests include the causes of crime, delinquency, and the criminal process. President Gottfredson's research is widely cited on the connection between early childhood experiences and delinquency and crime.