Oregon State University provides the following message from OSU Board of Trustees Chair Rani Borkar regarding the performance of President F. King Alexander as OSU’s president, Title IX matters related to Oregon State University and the Husch Blackwell report regarding his leadership of Title IX at Louisiana State University.
Members of the OSU Community,
The most important responsibility of the Board of Trustees is to select the right leader for our university and the entire OSU community. When the Board of Trustees adjourned last week, we believed it was possible for President Alexander to repair the broken confidence and trust in his ability to lead OSU. After listening to and hearing important input from diverse members of our community and reflecting on our own values and experiences, we now know that rebuilding trust is no longer possible.
In response, over the weekend, the Board scheduled to meet this morning as we learned President Alexander no longer had the confidence of the OSU community. This broken trust was expressed not only by the vote of the Faculty Senate but by an outpouring of thoughtful statements from students, alumni and survivors of sexual assault. On Sunday, President Alexander offered his resignation, effective April 1. Meeting in public session, the OSU Board of Trustees voted to accept his resignation as president of Oregon State University.
As we move forward, I want to share three commitments to the OSU community and all Oregonians.
First, the responsibility and accountability for selecting and evaluating the president rests with this board. I pledge to work with the Board to review past procedures and to learn and improve from this experience. We can do better, and we will do better for OSU.
Second, looking ahead, I will ask the Board to consider what best represents an inclusive selection process for future presidents that is informed by what we have learned from this experience and reflects the culture and values of OSU.
Third, in recent years, OSU has made important progress in our Title IX and survivor support programs. This work is never done. There is always room for improvement. We hear and are moved by the courageous survivors who stepped forward to share their experiences of sexual assault and those who have been harmed by recent events and may question the university’s commitment. We support you and will continue to work to earn your trust.
Oregon State University is committed to public higher education and to provide for the prosperity and wellness of all. We serve the needs of Oregonians, our nation and the world and are guided by our values of accountability, transparency and compassion. In everything we do, this university and its board must act with integrity. We admit when we make mistakes, and we always seek to improve. This has been our past for 152 years, and it will continue to be our future. I thank the OSU Board of Trustees for its decision to accept King Alexander’s resignation, effective April 1.