PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Senate panel has endorsed the nominees hoping to serve on governing boards for Oregon's three largest universities.
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.
Gov. John Kitzhaber submitted 14 names for each board. Confirmation was expected in September, but was delayed because of opposition from Republican senators who don't believe the boards should include faculty members with voting rights.
The Senate Interim Committee On Rules and Executive Appointments voted Wednesday to advance the nominees to the full Senate.