Rahmat Shoureshi named Portland State's new president

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Portland State University has selected a new president.

The school's board of trustees voted unanimously Monday to appoint Rahmat Shoureshi as Portland State's ninth president.

Shoureshi, 64, comes from the New York Institute of Techology, where he has worked since 2011 as the provost and recently as the school's interim president. He was the vice president for academic affairs for the past six years before being appointed as interim president in January.

While at NYIT, Shoureshi helped increase research funding to an all-time high and aided in the creation of three new research centers at the school, among other accomplishments.

“Dr. Shoureshi’s leadership experience and accomplishments at several prestigious universities will bring innovation, entrepreneurship and operational knowledge to take Portland State to the next level,” said board chairman Pete Nickerson. “He is an ideal fit for PSU because of his vision and initiatives to enhance research, increase educational and professional opportunities for students, develop community partnerships and boost philanthropy.”

Portland State's new president was also dean at the University of Denver's School of Engineering and Computer Science, a professor of engineering at the Colorado School of Mines and a professor of mechanical engineering at Purdue.

Shoureshi has published more than 250 technical papers and holds several patents. He was the founding director of the National Science Foundation Industry–University Cooperative Research Centers program.

He has master's and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He received his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering at Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, Iran.

“I am humbled and honored to be chosen to lead this great university,” Shoureshi said. “PSU is a 21st century university that serves a vibrant urban region that champions access, diversity and inclusiveness as well as conducts innovative research and is dedicated to cutting-edge and collaborative learning — things that reflect my academic ideals and perspectives.”

Current Portland State President Wim Wiewel is stepping down after nine years. He will serve as a faculty member in the university's College of Urban and Public Affairs.

Shoureshi has a five-year contract that begins in August.

In a press release, Portland State unveiled some of the goals Soureshi has for the school:

  • Increase the quality and diversity of incoming students
  • Make PSU financially strong and academically rich
  • Attract top-notch faculty
  • Create an innovation ecosystem to develop art, science and technology incubators
  • Expand partnerships with external organizations to provide greater opportunities for students
  • Develop transdisciplinary institutes and research centers supported by government and industry
  • Increase engagement with PSU alumni, friends and the community.

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