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Political dispute holds up confirmation vote

Taylor Sarman, a 2012 Union High School graduate, is still one step away from making history at Oregon State University.

Sarman is expected to remain in this position for another two months.

Sarman, an OSU student, was nominated by Gov. John Kitzhaber in August to be a student representative on the university’s first ever board of trustees, pending confirmation by the State Senate. The Senate was expected to vote on the confirmation of Sarman and all 14 nominees for the OSU board on Sept. 18. Unfortunately for Sarman, the board did not vote on any of the OSU board confirmations because of a political dispute.

Republicans in the Senate are upset that Kitzhaber, a Democrat, nominated OSU faculty and classified members to be voting members of the board, Sarman said. The senate, because of this, decided to delay its confirmation vote of Kitzhaber’s nominees for the board positions until it meets again in November.

Sarman said he is confident that he will be confirmed as a voting board member in November. Still, he cannot wait for the process to be completed so the board, which will begin operating next July, can get down to business.

“There is definitely work which needs to be done. The quicker the confirmation, the faster we can start getting things done,” Sarman said.

The work that needs to be done includes establishing bylaws for the operation of the board of trustees. This is a challenge Sarman is eager to take on.

“I’m excited about serving once I’m confirmed,” Sarman said.

Sarman, a sophomore at OSU, is active in student government at OSU where he is its executive director of government relations for the Associated Students of OSU. 

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