November 22, 2002

CONTACT: Diane Saunders, Oregon University System: 503-725-5714
Mark Floyd, Oregon State University: 541-737-0788
SOURCES: Timothy White, 541-737-0733


PORTLAND, OR - The Oregon State Board of Higher Education today (Friday, Nov. 22) appointed Timothy P. White interim president of Oregon State University. White has been provost and executive vice president at OSU for nearly three years.

White succeeds Paul Risser, who announced his resignation earlier this month to accept a position as chancellor of the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education beginning on Jan. 6. White will begin making the transition to interim president in December. His appointment is expected to last at least through the summer of 2003, according to Jim Lussier, president of the Oregon State Board of Higher Education. The board will begin a national search for a new president during the next few weeks.

"Oregon State University is a strong, vibrant university with a lot of momentum," said Richard Jarvis, chancellor of the Oregon University System, "and the overwhelming sentiment we encountered was to select an interim president that would continue pushing the institution forward."

Jarvis said that White had tremendous support from the OSU campus community. Lussier and Jarvis spent Monday speaking with students, staff, faculty and administrators at the university.

"During the process, we heard many of the same recurring themes," Lussier said. "Stay the course on OSU 2007, continue the capital campaigns, select someone who knows the campus and Oregon, and be mindful of the importance of legislative relations."

"The next year will be a very challenging one for Oregon State University and I feel a personal commitment to continue the work that we've begun," White said. "I care very deeply about this university, and especially the wonderful people who go to school here, who work here, and who associate with the campus in so many different ways."

White was named OSU's interim provost and executive vice president by Risser in January of 2000, and six months later was appointed to the position on a full-time basis.

As provost, White played a key role in helping Oregon State begin the state's first branch campus with last year's opening of the OSU-Cascades Campus in Bend.

White came to OSU as dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences in January of 1996, after serving for five years as professor and chair of the Department of Human Biodynamics at the University of California-Berkeley. He previously was on the faculty of the University of Michigan, where he spent 13 years, including appointments as chair of the Department of Movement Science, and research scientist in the Institute of Gerontology.

White is a nationally known researcher in the field of exercise science, with a focus on skeletal muscle plasticity, and the adaptive responses of aging and regenerating muscle to physical activity. His leadership in national organizations includes serving as president of the American College of Sports Medicine, and serving as president of the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education.

A 1970 graduate of California State University at Fresno, White has a master's degree from California State University-Hayward and a Ph.D. from the University of California-Berkeley.


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