The Alliance is the voice of Oregon’s independent, non-profit higher education sector, actively supporting the success of our member colleges and universities, their students, and alumni.

The Alliance: Partners for the public good.

The mission of Oregon Alliance of Independent College and Universities is to represent and serve its member institutions, all of which are regionally accredited, nonprofit, private colleges and universities in Oregon.

The Alliance’s activities foster collaboration and find the intersection between the needs and expertise of member institutions, industry leaders, and government. In doing so, the Alliance is a contributing partner to Oregon’s 40-40-20 education attainment goal, strengthening the state’s intellectual, creative, and economic resources.

The Alliance advocates with purpose.


Actively raise public awareness of the value of private, nonprofit higher education, demonstrating outcomes and return on investment, and represent and advocate for private nonprofit institutions in matters related to public interest and public policy

& Access

Expand affordability and access to Oregon’s private, nonprofit colleges and universities and help build student pathways from college to jobs and careers


Support and expand strategic partnerships with businesses, foundations, and public sector agencies and institutions


Provide and create structures to encourage inter-institutional collaboration


Coordinate services to member institutions that achieve economies of scale and enhance program effectiveness

The Alliance Team

Brent Wilder

Brent Wilder

Vice President

Brent has served as vice president of The Alliance since January 2012. Prior to his appointment, he served as interim president of The Alliance. Wilder joined The Alliance after working with the Oregon Independent College Foundation (OICF), most recently as interim president and vice president. Prior to his arrival at the OICF, Brent served as the Associate Director of Athletics for External Relations at Portland State University. His previous professional experience also includes serving as an Assistant Director of Athletic Development and Athletic Annual Fund Director at Oregon State University, and Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at Oregon State. Brent received his bachelor’s degree and M.A. from Oregon State University.

Brent Wilder


Stacey Boatright

Stacey Boatright

Director of Administration & Strategic Communications

Stacey Boatright joined the Alliance after 13 years of employment at the University of Portland (UP). During her tenure at UP, Boatright managed graduate program admissions and grants for the School of Nursing and served as the Programming and Operations Manager for the School of Education. She has played a key role in several successful accreditation visits, led strategic planning initiatives, and helped develop and launch new degree programs. Boatright enjoys designing systems and procedures, as well as operationalizing the completion of complex projects. Boatright is a dedicated higher education professional with a passion for helping individuals achieve their educational goals. She received her bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication and her master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Services from UP.

Stacey Boatright

Director of Administration & Strategic Communications

Board of Trustees

The Alliance Board is comprised of the presidents of the member institutions. The Board provides strategic guidance to The Alliance in its ongoing activities in advocacy, building meaningful relationships with industry partners, and providing support to member campuses.

Bushnell University – Joseph Womack
Corban University – Sheldon Nord
George Fox University – Robin Baker (treasurer)
Lewis & Clark College – Wim Wiewel
Linfield University – Miles Davis (chair)
Multnomah University – Craig Williford
National University of Natural Medicine – Christine Girard
Pacific University – Lesley Hallick (vice chair)
Reed College – Audrey Bilger (secretary)
University of Portland – Rev. Mark Poorman, C.S.C.
University of Western States – Joseph Brimhall
Warner Pacific University – Brian Johnson
Western Seminary – Randy Roberts
Willamette University – Stephen Thorsett

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