Oregon State University’s more open search for president includes some private meetings

OSU’s Board of Trustees is nearing the end of its search for a new leader, more than a year after its last permanent president resigned amid controversy

Oregon State University’s Board of Trustees plans to select and announce the university’s next president by early next month. In the meantime, the board has committed to a more open and transparent process than the last presidential search — which resulted in the abrupt resignation of OSU’s previous president. But, some still say there has not been as much transparency or community participation as they expected when the university pledged to be more open.

OSU’s Board of Trustees met privately during an executive session Thursday afternoon to begin considering semifinalists. The board also plans to hold confidential executive sessions starting this weekend to conduct interviews with semifinalists via Zoom.

The final stages of the presidential search come nearly 14 months after OSU’s former president, F. King Alexander, resigned amid criticism that he had mishandled sexual misconduct allegations at his previous school, Louisiana State University.

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