New UO Board Named

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber has announced his appointees to the University of Oregon’s newly established governing board, a list that includes 10 UO alumni. 

Formed following the passage of Senate Bill 270 earlier this year, the governing board will help the UO become more efficient, will reinforce its commitment to its public mission, and will lead to more philanthropic opportunities. 

“The governor’s appointments reflect a strong understanding of the mission and culture of our university, and I am deeply appreciative of the thoughtfulness demonstrated in his choice of an exceptional group of distinguished citizens to help guide the future of this university,” said University of Oregon President Michael R. Gottfredson.

The 10 Ducks on the board include the former Financial World CEO of the Year, an Emmy Award-winning journalist, and the president of the Oregon branch of the National Association of Minority Contractors, and are:

Rodolfo “Rudy” Chapa BA ’81
Ann Curry BA ’78
Connie Ballmer BS ’84
Chuck Lillis PhD ’72
Ross Kari BS ’80, MBA ’83
Andrew Colas BS ’04
Ginevra Ralph BA ’83, MA ’85
Kurt Willcox MA ’81
Mary Wilcox BA ’76, JD ’80
Sam Dotters-Katz BA ’11

“I am particularly pleased to see 10 UO alumni among the appointees, as these individuals bring a unique appreciation of the institution to their role as trustees,” said Gottfredson.

The UO board is one of four established this year, joining the Higher Education Coordinating Commission and boards at Oregon State University and Portland State University. The boards are part of Kitzhaber’s plan to have 80 percent of Oregonians continuing their education beyond the high school level by 2025.

"We have recruited an outstanding, experienced set of leaders to serve on Oregon’s higher education boards," said Kitzhaber in a statement. "Together, they offer deep and broad expertise in all aspects and levels of education, which will inform their work to ensure that Oregon's higher education system is efficient, equitable, and well-coordinated.”