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Oregon Institute of Technology President Chris Maples announced last week that the Oregon State Board of Higher Education approved a request for Oregon Tech to establish its own independent board of trustees.

The university’s move followed an extensive outreach effort involving students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the university.

“It truly is a historic day for Oregon Tech,” Maples said. “I look forward to working with the current and future state board of higher education and the chancellor’s office in the transition process over the coming months.”

Maples added that he hopes the move will also help Oregon Tech comply over the long term with Oregon’s new achievement compacts, which affect all levels of public education in the state.

The new board will be responsible for establishing policies involving university operations; overseeing tuition and fees; approving the university’s budget for submission to the state; and overseeing Oregon Tech’s president in consultation with the governor.

More information on Oregon Tech’s Governing Board process is available at oit.edu/strategic-partnerships/government-relations/governing-board-info-options.

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