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 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 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
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
Most recently, she served as Grant Development Director for Clark College, procuring grants and forming regional partnerships that met workforce needs, grant requirements and supported student achievement goals. Under her leadership, a team of faculty and administrators secured the college’s first-ever National Science Foundation workforce grant.
As an education Program Manager, at Portland State University she procured and performed research to inform the development, design and launch of multiple self-sustaining education programs. She promoted those programs to industries that included healthcare, manufacturing, and small business.
Lori is an experienced facilitator, trainer and instructional designer. She earned her Master’s degree in Post-Secondary Adult and Continuing Education from Portland State University. Additionally, she has non-profit management experience.
Director of Marketing, Grants, & Research
Director of Administration & Strategic Communications
Board of Trustees
The Alliance Board is comprised of the presidents from member institutions, business executives, and community leaders. 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.
COLLEGE & UNIVERSITY PRESIDENTS
Concordia University – Johnnie Driessner (interim)
Corban University – Sheldon Nord
George Fox University – Robin Baker (secretary/treasurer)
Lewis & Clark College – Wim Wiewel
Linfield College – Miles Davis
Northwest Christian University – Joseph Womack
Pacific University – Lesley Hallick
Reed College – Audrey Bilger
University of Portland – Rev. Mark Poorman, C.S.C.
University of Western States – Joseph Brimhall
Warner Pacific University – Andrea Cook
Western Seminary – Randy Roberts
Willamette University – Stephen Thorsett (vice chair)