(Portland, Ore.) December 8, 2010 - President Wim Wiewel is announcing the establishment of the office of
University Advancement, which will be responsible for building a culture of philanthropy both inside and
outside of the University and increasing private funding.
PSU currently receives only about 15 percent of its budget from the state, with most of the rest coming from
tuition. That percentage is expected to dwindle as the governor and the Legislature wrestle with a state budget
shortfall amid competing demands of public education, social services, and public safety.
"It's unlikely that the state will allocate more money to higher education given Oregon's struggling economy,"
says Wiewel. "And it's not sustainable for Portland State to keep raising tuition. We need to be accessible to all
qualified Oregonians regardless of need. To do that, we must move toward financial independence."
Wiewel emphasized the need to raise more money to increase scholarships, expand research, develop
academic programs, upgrade facilities, and recruit and retain outstanding faculty.
In addition to raising private money, Wiewel hopes to forge stronger bonds with PSU's growing alumni, now
more than 65,000 in the Portland metro area and 125,000 strong worldwide, while building closer relationships
with leaders across our region in business, public life, and philanthropy.
Francoise Aylmer, the new Vice President for University Advancement, was hired by Wiewel this fall to lead
this initiative and secure new sources of private funding. "Every dollar contributed to PSU creates an
opportunity and changes a life," said Aylmer. "Now, more than ever, we need to find people who understand
that and are willing to invest in education."
"This effort signals a fundamental shift in philosophy at Portland State," says Ken Thrasher, Chairman of the
Board of Compli and former CEO of Fred Meyer. "The work of University Advancement will improve the
quality of life not just for PSU students and their families but for all Oregonians who will benefit from a more
For more information, please call University Advancement at 503-725-5032.
About Portland State University
Portland State University (PSU) serves as a center of opportunity for more than 29,000 undergraduate and
graduate students. Located in Portland, Oregon, one of the nation's most livable cities, the University's
innovative approach to education combines academic rigor in the classroom with field-based experiences
through internships and classroom projects with community partners. The University's 49-acre downtown
campus exhibits Portland State's commitment to sustainability with green buildings, while many of the 125
bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees incorporate sustainability into the curriculum. PSU's motto, "Let
Knowledge Serve the City," inspires the teaching and research of an accomplished faculty whose work and
students span the globe.