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
At Willamette, Kristen worked closely with the president and the 36-member board of trustees in support of their institutional leadership and stewardship efforts, including strategic planning and accreditation. Before that, she was communications director for Governor Ted Kulongoski’s first successful run for governor; a top aide to Oregon Attorney General Hardy Myers; and co-founder of public affairs consulting firm Grainger & Tresidder Government Relations. She is a graduate of the University of Washington.
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 Communications & Administration
The Alliance is seeking applicants for the following positions:
Board of Trustees
The Alliance Board of Directors 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 – Charles Schlimpert
Corban University – Sheldon Nord
George Fox University – Robin Baker
Lewis & Clark College – Wim Wiewel
Linfield College – Thomas Hellie
Marylhurst University – Melody Rose
Northwest Christian University – Joseph Womack
Oregon College of Art & Craft – Denise Mullen
Pacific Northwest College of Art – Don Tuski
Pacific University – Lesley Hallick
Reed College – John Kroger
University of Portland – Rev. Mark Poorman, C.S.C.
Warner Pacific University – Andrea Cook
Willamette University – Stephen Thorsett (vice chair)
“Although our colleges are individually quite diverse, the Alliance is entirely comprised of regionally-accredited, nonprofit institutions of higher learning. Each is founded on and guided by a mission imbued with these important social principles: Higher education is the key to ending poverty, fostering economic and social mobility; it builds community, preparing adults for lives of meaningful work and citizenship.”
– Thomas Hellie, President, Linfield College