Oregon State University President Ed Ray announced Tuesday that OSU will get its own independent board, just as Portland State University and the University of Oregon will.
All seven public universities currently are governed by the Oregon Board of Higher Education. But a new law passed this year called for PSU and UO to get their own boards, appointed by the governor. It allowed for OSU to get one too, and Ray said he formally notified Gov. John Kitzhaber that the Corvallis school will use that option.
Having an independent board will allow Oregon State to operate more flexibly, particularly when it comes to undertaking construction projects that don't need a state subsidy, such as dorms that are paid for by the students who live in them.
A board devoted solely to Oregon State also brings with it the possibility of raising more money, Ray said.