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SOU clears first hurdle toward its own governing board

 Posted: 2:40 PM April 04, 2014

The Oregon Board of Higher Education today endorsed with conditions the formation of a self-governing institutional board at Southern Oregon University, according to a news release from the Oregon University System.

The move allows SOU President Mary Cullinan to begin discussing the scope of a local board with OBHE members and prepare a recommendation to Gov. John Kitzhaber within 45 days.

Following Cullinan and the OBHE hammering out an agreement as to the local board's operation and breadth of power, Kitzhaber must endorse the proposal before SOU can move forward.

A similar endorsement-with-conditions was given to Eastern Oregon University. Full endorsements were given to Oregon Institute of Technology and Western Oregon University, the release said.

The full endorsement allows OIT and WOU to select board members from recommendations provided by Kitzhaber and approved by the Oregon Senate, the release said.

WOU's and OIT's institutional boards will take effect July 1, 2015, with the SOU and EOU boards taking effect on a date to be determined over the next 45 days, the release said.

In the past, all of Oregon's seven public universities have been governed by the Oregon Board of Higher Education in Portland.

The University of Oregon, Oregon State University and Portland State University voted last year to establish institutional boards, which take effect July 1 of this year.

— Sam Wheeler

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