President

Portland State University Portland, OR

Portland State University (PSU) seeks its next President to lead this thriving, urban research institution of public higher education. Located in the heart of Oregon’s economic and cultural center, PSU is a Carnegie Doctoral Research University and the most diverse four-year academic institution in the State of Oregon, enrolling 28,000 students from every state in the nation and more than 80 foreign countries. This position represents an outstanding opportunity for a creative and dynamic academic leader to launch PSU into its next level of excellence, leading the implementation of the 2016-2020 strategic plan to transform the University into a globally renowned model of teaching, research, community engagement, access, and affordability.

As an urban university, PSU has a deep commitment to promoting diversity, providing access to education to a broad spectrum of communities, and applying higher education learning directly to the challenges often found in large metropolitan areas. Building upon its strengths, and drawing upon its central location in one of the most dynamic cities in the nation, PSU forges effective partnerships within its community and region (and beyond), serving as a nexus for interdisciplinary and experiential learning and research. Through this collaboration, PSU and its partners develop practical ideas, approaches and solutions to serve not only the citizens of the Portland area, but also those living in the ever increasing number of cities around the globe looking for innovative paths forward in growth management, sustainability, and equity. In recognition of its efforts, US News and World Report ranked PSU among the top 10 “most innovative” national universities in its Best Colleges 2017 rankings.

Reporting to the Board of Trustees, the President serves as the senior academic and administrative leader for the University, overseeing strategic planning, budget management and fundraising, academic quality, student success, talent management, facilities maintenance, and all other areas of operation. Together with the Board, the President will provide vision and strategic leadership to the University. The President is responsible for leading the administration, faculty, and staff in carrying out the University’s mission to the highest possible level of quality.

An energetic ambassador for the institution, the President will promote and represent the institution to all internal and external audiences including elected and governmental officials; professional and educational associations; state, federal, and international agencies; and the public at large. The President will be a vigorous participant in community affairs in the greater Portland area and will build strong relationships with key communities across the state. The President will work collaboratively with the Board of Trustees, other university presidents, elected and appointed officials, education leaders, and business leaders to advance shared goals for public education in Oregon. The successful candidate will address the following set of key leadership expectations presented by this role:

  • Be an inspirational and influential leader and champion of PSU’s mission and unique identity
  • Be the guardian of student success
  • Support the faculty and staff in delivering on the PSU mission
  • Lead the prioritization and implementation of the 2016-2020 strategic plan
  • Build the funding base to provide sustainable quality education and impactful research
  • Develop and leverage the Board and key external relationships in the metro region and state

Positions reporting to the President include the Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Vice President for Enrollment Management & Student Affairs, the Vice President for Public Affairs and Chief of Staff, the Vice President for Global Diversity & Inclusion, the Vice President for Finance & Administration, the Vice President for Research and Strategic Partnerships, the Director of Institutional Research & Planning, General Counsel, and the Athletics Director. For a full organizational chart, click here.

Deborah Hodson is leading this search with Rebecca Isaacson.