Friday, September 18, 2015

HECC hires Dr. Veronica Dujon to lead university academic planning and policy

Higher Education Coordinating Commission
September 18th, 2015

The Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) is pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Veronica Dujon as director for academic planning and policy for the HECC Office of University Coordination. Dr. Dujon will lead the Commission’s efforts to coordinate academic programs, degree pathways, and student success initiatives among Oregon’s public universities.

Joining the HECC from Portland State University (PSU), Dr. Dujon currently serves as associate dean in Humanities & Social Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, a position focused on strategic leadership and management of personnel and academic issues for a PSU division comprised of 15 departments and centers. Previously, she served as associate dean for Curriculum Development & Enrollment Management in the same college, chair of the Department of Sociology, professor, and other positions serving the PSU students and community since 1995.

Ben Cannon, executive director of the HECC, said, “Veronica Dujon is a remarkably accomplished and thoughtful teacher and scholar, and her expertise will significantly deepen our engagement with public universities and the communities they serve. She brings extensive experience in inclusive, student-centered approaches, faculty development, curriculum and program development, institutional academic policies, and engagement in local, state, and global communities. We couldn’t be happier to welcome her to our work.”

Thursday, September 10, 2015

PSU wins $3.5 million to study e-cigarettes

September 10th, 2015

Portlant State University chemists have won a $3.5 million federal grant to study the potential hazards of e-cigarettes.
The five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health will fund a large-scale look at the health effects of e-cigarettes, PSU said in a statement.
"We will be employing more researchers and studying the vast array of e-cigarette devices and liquids available on today's unregulated market," said Robert Strongin, professor of organic chemistry at PSU.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Portland State president's email to staff and faculty about $100 million donation

September 4th, 2015

You may have seen media stories about a potential significant gift to Portland State that did not materialize. I want to make sure you are up to date on what happened and where things stand.
Earlier this month, the PSU Foundation was approached by a person who offered to give the University $100 million on the condition he remain anonymous, and that the gift be announced quickly and with fanfare. We began preparations for a major announcement - this would have been the largest gift in our history - as we looked into the potential donor's background. After a phone conversation with the potential donor, Foundation Board Chairman Mark Rosenbaum and I became concerned about the viability of his offer and decided not to move forward with an announcement.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

PSU President’s Salary More Than Meets the Eye

Go Local PDX
August 31st, 2015

Portland State University President Wim Wiewel could be said to be living the good life. In addition to his salary of $401,700, the school's top official also enjoys payments to a retirement plan, free housing, automobile usage, sabbatical time, maid service at his home, and gardening services.
In total, according to calculations by, Wiewel's compensation tops $600,000. His base salary makes him the sixth-highest paid university head in the state, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. But, after adding the cost of benefits, his total compensation could rank him near the top of the list.
The President's house is estimated to have a value of $2.1 million according to the real estate company Zillow. The house features five bedrooms and three baths.
This is particularly striking when put in the school's financial context. Last year, under Wiewel's recommendation, PSU's Board of Directors voted by a 10-2 margin to cut spending and increase tuition at the University.
Kate Stubbenfield, a student with the Portland State University Student Union, a horizontal advocacy group which campaigns for the rights of PSU students, told GoLocal she is angered by the situation.
“President Wiewel's salary has always been something frustrating for me as a PSU student,” she said. “His salary has remained consistent despite the constant increase in tuition, even though he could take a pay decrease if he wanted to.”