Kitzhaber makes choices for higher ed boards

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has named his appointees to the new higher education boards at the University of Oregon, Oregon State University and Portland State University.

Kitzhaber also announced his picks for the Higher Education Coordinating Commission.

All his selections must be approved by the state Senate.

State lawmakers voted this year to give Oregon, Oregon State and Portland State more independence from the State Board of Higher Education.

The independent boards will have authority to hire and fire presidents, set tuition and fees and oversee the university's operations.

Kitzhaber submitted 14 names for each board.

Former Today show co-host Ann Curry is the most widely recognized name. She is on the list for the University of Oregon Board of Trustees. It's her alma mater.

Here is the list of appointees to higher education boards:

Higher Education Coordinating Commission

Betty Duvall, Portland.

Carmen Rubio, Portland.

David Rives, Portland.

Duncan Wyse, Portland.

Kirby Dyess, Beaverton.

Larry Roper, Corvallis.

Neil Bryant, Bend.

Ramon Ramirez, Woodburn.

Tim Nesbitt, Portland.

Lee Ayers-Preboski, Ashland (non-voting).

Frank Goulard, Lake Oswego (non-voting).

Lamar Wise, Eugene (non-voting).

Anayeli Jimenez, Eugene (non-voting).

Rob Fullmer, Portland (non-voting).

University of Oregon Board of Trustees:

Allyn Ford, Roseburg.

Andrew Colas, Portland.

Ann Curry, New York, NY.

Chuck Lillis, Castle Rock, Colo.

Connie Ballmer, Bellevue, Wash.

Ginevra Ralph, Eugene.

Joseph Gonyea III, Springfield.

Mary Wilcox, Portland.

Peter Bragdon, Portland.

Ross Kari, Sisters.

Rudy Chapa, Portland.

Sam Dotters-Katz, Eugene.

Susan Gary, Eugene.

Kurt Willcox, Eugene.

Portland State University Board of Trustees:

Christine Vernier, Portland.

Fariborz Maseeh, Newport Beach, Calif.

Gale Castillo, Portland.

Rick Miller, Lake Oswego.

Jim Francesconi, Portland.

Paul DeMuniz, Salem.

Pete Nickerson, Portland.

Peter Stott, Portland.

Sho Dozono, Portland.

Swati Adarkar, Portland.

Tom Imeson, Portland.

Pam Campos, Beaverton.

Maude Hines, Portland.

Erica Bestpich, Portland.

Oregon State University Board of Trustees:

Darald Callahan, San Rafael, Calif.

Elson Floyd, Pullman, Wash.

John Turner, Pendleton.

Kirk Schueler, Bend.

Laura Naumes, Medford.

Michele Longo Eder, Newport.

Orcilia Forbes, Portland.

Pat Reser, Beaverton.

Patty Bedient, Sammamish, Wash.

Paul Kelly, Portland.

Rani Borkar, Portland.

Taylor Sarman, Corvallis.

Brenda McComb, Corvallis.

Mark Baldwinl, Albany.

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