Higher Education: Other Entities
Oregon Health and Science University
Joseph E. Robertson, MD, MBA, President
Address: 3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd., Portland 97239-3098
The Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) occupies a unique status in Oregon higher education. OHSU has been organized as a public corporation since 1995. It is not a part of OUS. OHSU is governed by a Board of Directors that is appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate. The public policy of the university is delineated in statute. OHSU includes Oregon’s only academic health center and has schools of medicine, dentistry, nursing, and science and engineering. The state continues to support OHSU through grants, primarily for its educational activities. These grants totaled $65,534,636 in the 2011–13 biennium.
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education
Address: PO Box 3175, Eugene 97403
The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) is a regional organization
created by the Western Regional Education Compact, adopted in the 1950s by 15 western states. WICHE was created to facilitate resource sharing among the higher education systems of the West. It has implemented a number of regional activities to accomplish its objectives. Fifteen states are members of WICHE, which is governed by three gubernatorially-appointed commissioners from each state. Under terms of the Compact, each state commits to support WICHE’s basic operations through annual dues established by the full commission. Oregon’s three commissioners are Ryan Deckart, Portland; Cam Preus, Salem; and Tim Nesbitt, Portland.