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Lindsay A. Desrochers, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.

Contact Information
Office: URBN 670 J
Telephone: 503.725.2225


Lindsay A. Desrochers, Professor of Public Administration, has been an active executive and leader in higher education for the past 32 years. She has served in the finance, administration sector and as a planner and implementer of major campus development plans, including the development of Portland State University as a vital urban crossroads in the center of the City of Portland. She served at Portland State University in the capacity of Vice President for Finance and Administration first between 1991-1995 and again from 2005 to 2011. Also, from 2000 to 2005 she undertook the planning, development, administrative and financial management of the University of California, Merced, the first major research university to be launched in the United States in the 21st century. Dr. Desrochers has been an active catalyst for public-private partnerships throughout her long academic career as business officer, Vice President, Treasurer and  Senior Vice Chancellor. Her experience in finance and budgeting is rooted in her early experiences with the University of California System as Associate Director of the Budget for UC and with the California Legislature, where she worked on the Education and Ways and Means Committees. She  served as the founding Vice Chancellor at UC Merced and built that campus which opened in 2005. She also served in the University of Georgia system, 33 campuses, as Senior Vice Chancellor for Capital Resources and Treasurer of the Board of Regents. Dr. Desrochers was both a California State Assembly Fellow in 1976-77 and an American Council on Education Fellow in l989-90. During her ACE fellowship she served at the University of Virginia President and Provost’s offices After completing her executive career at Portland State University in June of 2011, she resumed her work as a faculty member, joining the Division of Public Administration full-time in 2011.

Research Focus & Interests

Public Policy, especially  budget, financial and educational policy and the nexus between states and public institutions of higher education.
Local urban economic development and  especially the relationship to anchor institutions such as universities.
Budgetary Processes and Politics in generally especially at the state and local levels.
Budgetary and Governance Processes of Universities

Community Engagements/Service

Portland Streetcar Board, 2006 to 2011
Mayor’s Economic Affairs Cabinet, 2008 to 2011, City of Portland State University
North Macadam Urban Renewal Area Committee, 2007 to 2011
Mayor’s Task Force on National Soccer League, 2008

Mayor’s Task Force on Urban Renewal Planning for Central City including for the PSU University District, 2010-11

Recent Awards

CFO of the Year Finalist, Portland Business Journal, 2010
Outstanding Leadership and Service Award, Office of the President, University of California, 2005

Recent Publications

“The Birth of a Research University: UC Merced, No Small Miracle” paper published by the Center for Higher Education Studies at University of California, Berkeley, October 2011

“Portland State University: Rethinking our Financial Future: The Final Report of the Financial Futures TaskForce”, Co-chairs Lindsay Ann Desrochers, Vice President for Finance and Administration (principle author) and Roy Koch, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, June 2011