Jayathi Murthy plans to focus on improving Oregon State University’s graduation rates, furthering research and continuing to grow what is already the state’s largest university — including its online enrollment. The new university president says she’s received a warm welcome from the OSU campus community as she steps into her role as the university’s new president.
Murthy started Friday, with Monday as her first “public” day on the job.
While many other universities and colleges in Oregon have seen new leadership recently, Murthy has a unique perspective at OSU. While enrollment has trended downward across public universities in Oregon, and across the country, during the pandemic, OSU has seen growth.