Portland State University — President

The Opportunity

“Let Knowledge Serve the City” is not just the Portland State University motto, it is a charge to the campus community and its leadership to engage and improve the larger communities in which we live. The Board of Trustees and campus community are excited to recruit and hire the 11th president of Portland State University. The new president of Oregon’s most diverse university will have the opportunity to focus the vision and elevate PSU to its leading role in the Portland metropolitan area. We are looking for a fearless advocate of PSU that will lead our campus to define our place in the city, state, and region. Our president will have the opportunity to lead the creation and implementation of a robust strategic plan incorporating a universal commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusiveness, financial sustainability, and service to the Portland metro area. 

THE UNIVERSITY 

Portland State University (PSU), a public-serving research university, is located in downtown Portland, Oregon. Founded in 1946 as a post-secondary educational institution primarily for World War II veterans, it has evolved into a four-year college over the following two decades and was granted university status in 1969. PSU is the only public university in the state of Oregon located in a large metropolitan area. Governed by a Board of Trustees, PSU is classified among “R2: Doctoral Universities – High research activity.”

Portland State’s colleges offer undergraduate degrees in one hundred twenty-three fields, and postgraduate degrees in one hundred seventeen fields. Colleges at Portland State include the School of Business Administration, College of Education, School of Social Work, College of Urban and Public Affairs, College of the Arts, Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Honors College, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Its intercollegiate athletic teams, the Vikings, compete at the NCAA Division I Level, primarily in the Big Sky Conference.

PORTLAND, OREGON

Situated at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers, Portland is the county seat of Multnomah County, the largest county in Oregon by population. As of 2020, Portland had a population of 652,503, making it the largest city in Oregon, the 26th-most populated city in the United States, the sixth-most populous on the West Coast, and the second-most populous in the Pacific Northwest, after Seattle. Approximately 2.5 million people live in the Portland metropolitan area, making it the 25th most populous in the United States. About half of Oregon’s population resides within the Portland metropolitan area.

APPLICATION AND NOMINATION PROCESS

Dr. Sally Mason and Dr. Garry W. Owens—both representing AGB Search—will be assisting the Portland State University Presidential Search Advisory Committee. Prospective nominators or potential candidates are encouraged to contact Dr. Mason or Dr. Owens directly by email prior to submitting materials. 

Application materials must be submitted electronically and should include: 1) a letter of interest that addresses specifically how the candidate’s experiences and qualifications intersect with PSU’s qualifications and listed strategic priorities outlined in the Presidential Profile; 2) a curriculum vitae; and 3) the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of five references for future contact — please also include your professional relationship with each reference listed. No references will be contacted without prior permission granted by the candidate. All candidate names will remain confidential, except for those individuals invited to campus interviews.

Application and nomination materials should be submitted electronically by the target date of December 2, 2022 to: PortlandStatePresident@agbsearch.com

For the complete Presidential Profile, please visit: https://www.agbsearch.com/searches/president-portland-state-university 

Further information about Portland State University may be found at: www.pdx.edu/

Contact information for AGB Search representatives assisting Portland State University:

Dr. Sally Mason
Executive Search Consultant
AGB Search
sally.mason@agbsearch.com

Dr. Garry W. Owens
Executive Search Consultant
AGB Search
garry.owens@agbsearch.com

PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. ALL QUALIFIED APPLICANTS WILL RECEIVE CONSIDERATION FOR EMPLOYMENT WITHOUT REGARD TO RACE, COLOR, RELIGION, SEX, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, GENDER IDENTITY, NATIONAL ORIGIN, OR PROTECTED VETERAN STATUS, AND WILL NOT BE DISCRIMINATED AGAINST ON THE BASIS OF DISABILITY.

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