Oregon State University. Office of the President

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On March 6, 1961, Governor Mark Hatfield signed into law the legislative act which changed the name of the institution from Oregon State College to Oregon State University. A.L. Strand served as president of Oregon State from 1942 until his retirement in 1961. Robert W. MacVicar came to Oregon State University in 1970 and served as the University President from then until his retirement in 1984. He was followed as President by John V. Byrne who served for 11 years until the end of 1995. Byrne's OSU career began in 1960 as faculty member in the Oceanography Department. He became the first Dean of the School of Oceanography in 1972 and subsequently served as Dean of Research, Acting Dean of the Graduate School, and Vice President for Research and Greaduate Studies between 1976 and 1981. He left OSU in 1981 to head the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a position he held until he returned to OSU in 1984.

From the description of President's Office motion picture film and videotapes, 1961-1996 (bulk 1984-1996) (Eugene Public Library). WorldCat record id: 457053498

Since its designation as a land-grant institution of higher learning in 1868, Oregon State University has had 19 presidents, including 5 acting presidents: William A. Finley, 1865-1872; Joseph Emery, acting, 1872; Benjamin L. Arnold, 1872-1892; John D. Letcher, acting, 1892; John M. Bloss, 1892-1896; H.B. Miller, 1896-1897; Thomas M. Gatch, 1897-1907; William Jasper Kerr, 1907-1932; George W. Peavy, acting, 1932-1934, president, 1934-1940; Frank L. Ballard, 1940-1941; Francois A. Gilfillan, acting, 1941-1942; August L. Strand, 1942-1961; James H. Jensen, 1961-1969; Roy A. Young, acting, 1969-1970; Robert W. MacVicar, 1970-1984; John V. Byrne, 1984-1995; Paul G. Risser, 1996-2002, Timothy P. White, acting, 2003; and Edward Ray, 2003-. The president is the chief executive officer of the university. From 1868 to 1929 the president reported to the college's Board of Trustees/Regents. Since the creation of the Oregon University System (formerly the Oregon State System of Higher Education) in 1929, the president has reported to the System's chancellor.

From the description of President's Office records, 1870-2002. (Eugene Public Library). WorldCat record id: 55505947

Since its designation as a land-grant institution of higher learning in 1868, Oregon State University has had 19 presidents, including 5 acting (or interim) presidents. They have been William A. Finley, 1865-1872 (Finley was appointed president of the university's predecessor institution, Corvallis Academy, in 1865); Joseph Emery, acting, 1872; Benjamin L. Arnold, 1872-1892; John D. Letcher, acting, 1892; John M. Bloss, 1892-1896; H. B. Miller, 1896-1897; Thomas M. Gatch, 1897-1907; William Jasper Kerr, 1907- 1932; George W. Peavy, acting, 1932-1934, president, 1934-1940; Frank L. Ballard, 1940-1941; Francois A. Gilfillan, acting, 1941- 1942; August L. Strand, 1942-1961; James H. Jensen, 1961-1969; Roy A. Young, acting, 1969-1970; Robert W. MacVicar, 1970-1984; John V. Byrne, 1984-1995; Paul G. Risser, 1996-2002; Timothy P. White, interim, 2002-2003; and Edward J. Ray, 2003-. The president is the chief executive officer of the university. From 1868 to 1929 the president reported to the college's Board of Trustees/Regents. Since the creation of the Oregon University System (formerly the Oregon State System of Higher Education) in 1929, the president has reported to the System's chancellor.

From the description of President's Office photographs, 1923-1998 (bulk 1935-1995). (Eugene Public Library). WorldCat record id: 643320201

Serving under the authority of the Oregon Attorney General's office, the Legal Advisor provides the University with advice on legal matters such as: the impact of changes in University policy, procedures and rules; contract disputes, claims, and interpretation; management of University intellectual property; the draft and review of documents for real property transactions; all aspects of the employment process; and matters of student conduct. In its evaluative role, the Legal Advisor works closely with members of the President's Cabinet, others in the central administration, deans and faculty, as well as the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunities, Human Resources, the Director of Technology Transfer, and the Contracts Office. Among the Legal Advisor's chief functions is the review and implementation of the University's Administrative Rules. Caroline Kerl has served as the Legal Advisor since 1987.

From the description of Legal advisor records. 1939-2002 (bulk 1974-1991). (Eugene Public Library). WorldCat record id: 55505949

Paul Gillian Risser assumed the Presidency of OSU in January 1996. With a doctorate in botany and a professional background in teaching and university administration, Risser came to OSU from Miami University in Ohio where he served as University President for 3 years. In his presidency, Risser was noted for his emphasis upon the need for increased marketing and student recruitment and retention. In December 2002, Risser left OSU to assume the position of Chancellor of the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education.

From the description of Paul G. Risser records, 1995-2002 (bulk 1996-1998). (Eugene Public Library). WorldCat record id: 55505948

Since its designation as a land-grant institution of higher learning in 1868, Oregon State University has had 19 presidents, including 5 acting (or interim) presidents. They have been William A. Finley, 1865-1872 (Finley was appointed president of the university's predecessor institution, Corvallis Academy, in 1865); Joseph Emery, acting, 1872; Benjamin L. Arnold, 1872-1892; John D. Letcher, acting, 1892; John M. Bloss, 1892-1896; H. B. Miller, 1896-1897; Thomas M. Gatch, 1897-1907; William Jasper Kerr, 1907- 1932; George W. Peavy, acting, 1932-1934, president, 1934-1940; Frank L. Ballard, 1940-1941; Francois A. Gilfillan, acting, 1941- 1942; August L. Strand, 1942-1961; James H. Jensen, 1961-1969; Roy A. Young, acting, 1969-1970; Robert W. MacVicar, 1970-1984; John V. Byrne, 1984-1995; Paul G. Risser, 1996-2002; Timothy P. White, interim, 2002-2003; and Edward J. Ray, 2003-.

The president is the chief executive officer of the university. From 1868 to 1929 the president reported to the college's Board of Trustees/Regents. Since the creation of the Oregon University System (formerly the Oregon State System of Higher Education) in 1929, the president has reported to the System's chancellor.

From the guide to the President's Office Photographs, 1923-1998, 1935-1995, (Oregon State University Libraries)

Since its designation as a land-grant institution of higher learning in 1868, Oregon State University has had 16 presidents, including 4 acting presidents. They have been William A. Finley, 1865-1872 (Finley was appointed president of the university's predecessor institution, Corvallis Academy, in 1865); Joseph Emery, acting, 1872; Benjamin L. Arnold, 1872-1892; John D. Letcher, acting, 1892; John M. Bloss, 1892-1896; H. B. Miller, 1896-1897; Thomas M. Gatch, 1897-1907; William Jasper Kerr, 1907- 1932; George W. Peavy, acting, 1932-1934, president, 1934-1940; Frank L. Ballard, 1940-1941; Francois A. Gilfillan, acting, 1941- 1942; August L. Strand, 1942-1961; James H. Jensen, 1961-1969; Roy A. Young, acting, 1969-1970; Robert W. MacVicar, 1970-1984; John V. Byrne, 1984-1995; and Paul G. Risser, 1996-2002. The search for a replacement to Risser is currently underway with Vice Provost Tim White as the interim President.

The president is the chief executive officer of the university. From 1868 to 1929 the president reported to the college's Board of Trustees/Regents. Since the creation of the Oregon University System (formerly the Oregon State System of Higher Education) in 1929, the president has reported to the System's chancellor.

From the guide to the President's Office Records, 1870-2002, (Oregon State University Libraries)

On March 6, 1961, Governor Mark Hatfield signed into law the legislative act which changed the name of the institution from Oregon State College to Oregon State University. A.L. Strand served as president of Oregon State from 1942 until his retirement in 1961.

Robert W. MacVicar came to Oregon State University in 1970 and served as the University President from then until his retirement in 1984. He was followed as President by John V. Byrne who served for 11 years until the end of 1995. Byrne's OSU career began in 1960 as faculty member in the Oceanography Department. He became the first Dean of the School of Oceanography in 1972 and subsequently served as Dean of Research, Acting Dean of the Graduate School, and Vice President for Research and Greaduate Studies between 1976 and 1981. He left OSU in 1981 to head the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a position he held until he returned to OSU in 1984.

From the guide to the President's Office Motion Picture Film and Videotapes, 1961-1996, 1984-1996, (Oregon State University Libraries)

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creatorOf Oregon State University. Office of the President. President's Office photographs, 1923-1998 (bulk 1935-1995). Oregon State University Libraries
creatorOf President's Office Records, 1870-2002 Oregon State University Libraries University Archives
creatorOf Oregon State University. Office of the President. Paul G. Risser records, 1995-2002 (bulk 1996-1998). Oregon State University Libraries
referencedIn Oregon State University. Office of Multicultural Affairs. Office of Multicultural Affairs records, 1987-2004 (bulk 1991-2004). Oregon State University Libraries
referencedIn Office of Multicultural Affairs Records, 1987-2004, 1991-2004 Oregon State University Libraries University Archives
referencedIn Roy A. Young Papers, 1913-1990, 1943-1990 Oregon State University Archives
creatorOf President's Office Photographs, 1923-1998, 1935-1995 Oregon State University Libraries University Archives
creatorOf Oregon State University. Office of the President. President's Office records, 1870-2002. Oregon State University Libraries
creatorOf Oregon State University. Office of the President. Legal advisor records. 1939-2002 (bulk 1974-1991). Oregon State University Libraries
creatorOf President's Office Motion Picture Film and Videotapes, 1961-1996, 1984-1996 Oregon State University Libraries University Archives
referencedIn Government Relations Office Records, 1996-2013, 2000-2013 Oregon State University Libraries Special Collections & Archives ResearchCenter
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