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Profile: Phil Keisling

Phil Keisling, Director, Center for Public Service of the Hatfield School of Government

On July 1, 2010, Phil Keisling joined the Hatfield School of Government as the first permanent director of the Center for Public Service (CPS).

The Center for Public Service draws on the extensive faculty and research capabilities of the Public Administration, Political Science, and Criminology and Criminal Justice divisions of PSU's Mark O. Hatfield School of Government. The Center's broad mandate is to connect PSU's expertise and public service mission of PSU with real-world challenges in the public and nonprofit sectors, while forging productive and sustainable relationships with leaders at the local, state, federal, and international levels.

Phil served as Oregon Secretary of State from 1991 to 1999, and as an Executive Vice President with CorSource Technology Group, an Oregon-based software services firm, from 2000 to 2009. He also served as an Oregon State Representative (1989-91); staff assistant to then-House Speaker Vera Katz (1985-88) and as a campaign aide to former Governor Tom McCall (1978). Keisling's journalism experience includes working as an investigative reporter for Portland's Willamette Week (1978-82) and as an editor for the Washington Monthly magazine (1982-84).

Phil currently serves on the boards of the Oregon Public Affairs Network, the Software Association of Oregon, and Smart Grid Oregon. He holds a degree in American Studies from Yale University.

Updated 8/10