PORTLAND, Ore. -- Governing boards for Oregon's three largest universities won't be confirmed until November because Republicans don't believe faculty members should have voting rights on the new panels.
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, and confirmation was expected this week.
But Republican senators vowed to vote against nominees who work for the universities, saying nobody on the board should have voting authority over their own pay.
Democrats are in the majority, but not enough were present to outvote the Republicans, so confirmation of all nominees was delayed.