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State OK’s TRU model
Eastern Oregon University is a major step closer to being governed by its own institutional board in about 15 months.
The State Board of Higher Education voted Friday to endorse a new governance structure for EOU, Western Oregon University, Oregon Institute of Technology and Southern Oregon University. The structure, known as the Technical and Regional University model, will allow the foursome to be governed by their own institutional boards starting on July 1, 2015.
“It is a good deal. I’m very pleased with the action of the board,” said outgoing EOU President Bob Davies.
The board conducted a separate vote for each TRU school. It endorsed Eastern’s proposal for an institutional board on the condition that it submit a plan to the State Board of Higher Education for long term financial sustainability. The plan must be presented to the board within 45 days. The board and Gov. John Kitzhaber then must OK the plan.