By Associated Press • 

Knight tops list of Oregon university board names

PORTLAND — Nike founder and University of Oregon donor Phil Knight is among the nominees for a new board that will take over guidance of the school next year.

The governor's office released the names of suggested board members submitted by Oregon's three largest universities, The Oregonian reported Wednesday.

The Legislature previously approved a bill to free the three schools from the State Board of Higher Education.

Gov. John Kitzhaber is expected to select 11 to 15 members next month for each board. He is not required to stick to the suggested lists. The appointments are subject to Senate confirmation in September, with the new boards taking over next July 1 from the Board of Higher Education.

The University of Oregon submitted the most names, 45, and more are expected.

Along with Knight, the suggestions include:

Columbia Sportswear president Tim Boyle; fellow Columbia executive Peter Bragdon, who also serves as chief of staff to former Gov. Ted Kulongoski; professional golfer Peter Jacobsen; former Oregon attorney general and UO president Dave Frohnmayer; entrepreneur and former state higher education board chairman John von Schlegell; former university athletic director Pat Kilkenny; Intel President Renee James; former Intel vice president Keith Thomson; Oregon Health & Science University president Joe Robertson; forestry company executive Allyn Ford; Columbia University President Lee Bollinger; federal judge Ann Aiken; and veteran Oregon House member Phil Barnhart.

Portland State's list included:

Engineer Fariborz Maseeh, who's given $12 million to the school that named its engineering school for him; Tom Imeson, Port of Portland executive and once an aide to Neil Goldschmidt when he was governor and to Sen. Mark Hatfield; financial services entrepreneur Irving Levin; former Portland City Council member and mayoral candidate Jim Francesconi; travel agency owner and former Portland mayoral candidate Sho Dozono; and technology company co-founder Christine Vernier.

Oregon State President Ed Ray announced Tuesday that, after his initial reluctance to have an independent board, he would suggest the move. The people he nominated include:

Pat Reser, chair of Reser's Fine Foods who, with her late husband, Al, has given millions to Oregon State where the stadium is named for them; Duane McDougall, chairman of Boise Cascade; Avamere CEO John Morgan; former Nike lawyer Paul J. Kelly Jr.; St. Charles Health System vice president Kirk Schueler; Weyerhaeuser executive Patty Bedient; Intel vice president Rani Borkar; former Oregon House member Tim Josi, now a Tillamook County commissioner.

“I've nominated some pretty amazing people to the governor,” Ray told The Associated Press this week. “I have a lot of respect and confidence in the governor's judgment, so I'm sure whether I get the people I nominated or not I'm going to have a board that's geographically and demographically diverse and is going to help us make smart decisions going forward.”

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