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
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.
COLLEGE & UNIVERSITY PRESIDENTS
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 – Melanie Henriksen (interim)
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 – Chuck Conniry
Willamette University – Stephen Thorsett