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President Bernstine Announces New Provost, New Vice President for Finance and Administration
Author: Jeanie-Marie Price, Office of Marketing and Communications (503-725-3773)
Posted: March 23, 2005

Portland State University President Daniel O. Bernstine today announced the appointment of Roy W. Koch as provost and chief academic officer and Lindsay Ann Desrochers as vice president for Finance and Administration. Bernstine made the announcement after the completion of a seven-month search process.

Both Koch and Desrochers have ties to PSU. Koch has been a member of Portland State University’s faculty since 1982 and is currently the director of the Environmental Sciences and Resources program. Desrochers previously held the position of vice president for Finance and Administration from October 1991 to July 1995.

“These appointments provide an opportunity to continue the upward trajectory this university is experiencing,” said PSU President Daniel O. Bernstine. “Roy is a well-respected faculty member and scholar and brings tremendous leadership and institutional knowledge to the position. Lindsay returns to PSU with an even greater breadth of experience and brings the knowledge gained in building the new University of California, Merced.”

In their positions both Koch and Desrochers will serve as members of the University’s senior management team. As provost and the chief academic officer Koch will, among other things, provide leadership in setting and achieving the University's academic priorities; provide leadership to increase diversity and strengthen the University's cultural responsiveness; promote and strengthen research and community engagement; maintain and strengthen PSU’s strong commitment to teaching and learning; support innovative and interdisciplinary initiatives; encourage entrepreneurial efforts; and develop and maintain support for the University's academic mission through partnerships with other educational institutions, businesses, social service agencies and government officials.

As vice president for Finance and Administration Desrochers will develop and implement strategies that further the institution's reputation as a model urban university; manage the fiscal health of the University, and ensure the existence of systems and processes that maintain fiscal stability and future growth; oversee Business Affairs, Budget, Facilities, Information Technologies, Human Resources, Auxiliary Services and Public Safety; and develop and maintain plans for the University District.

Koch, whose academic work focuses on the management of human interactions with the environment, with an emphasis on water resources, joined the faculty at Portland State in 1982 as an assistant professor of Civil Engineering. During his tenure at PSU, Koch has held many positions including vice provost for Research and dean of Graduate Studies and director of the Systems Science Program. Currently, he holds faculty positions in both Civil and Environmental Engineering and Environmental Sciences and Resources, and is the director of the Environmental Sciences and Resources Program. Under his leadership, PSU’s environmental programs have increased undergraduate enrollment, more than doubled graduate enrollments, implemented a professional development program for environmental professionals and increased external research funding threefold. In 2001, Koch received Portland State’s highest faculty award, the George C. Hoffmann Award for Faculty Excellence.

Prior to joining PSU in 1982, Koch worked as an engineer and hydrologist for the state governments of Ohio and Montana, in the private sector as a consultant and with the U.S Geological Survey. Koch holds a B.S. and an M.S. in Civil Engineering from The Ohio State University and a Ph.D. in Hydrology and Water Resources from Colorado State University. A complete curriculum vitae for Koch is available at

Desrochers has been vice chancellor for Administration at the University of California, Merced, since August 2000, where she is responsible for financial, budgetary and physical facilities planning and management of the campus. Prior to Merced, she was the senior vice chancellor for Capital Resources and treasurer of the University System of Georgia. Desrochers joined the University System of Georgia upon leaving Portland State after serving nearly four years as Portland State University’s vice president for Finance and Administration.

During her tenure at PSU, Desrochers oversaw financial, human and physical resources for PSU, and was instrumental in many initiatives that helped shape the future of the University, including co-sponsoring PSU's participation in the PEW Collaborative; initiating and supervising an analysis of the state system funding formula for PSU; launching the development of the University District within the city of Portland; and creating, together with the Office of Academic Affairs, a campus-wide Information Technology Plan. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. A complete curriculum vitae for Desrochers is available at

Koch will begin as provost beginning July 1, 2005, and will replace Michael Reardon who has been serving as interim provost since last spring. Desrochers will begin December 1, 2005, and replaces Cathy Dyck who has been serving as interim vice president.

Portland State University, Oregon's only urban university, is the largest and most diverse in the state system. The University's position in Oregon's economic and cultural center allows for deep community engagement and the creation of partnerships with hundreds of organizations throughout the region—partnerships that give PSU students valuable learning opportunities as they solve real-world problems of business and community. Portland State offers more than 100 undergraduate, master's, and doctoral degrees, as well as graduate certificates and continuing education programs. PSU serves more students and confers more master's degrees annually than any other Oregon university.

Media interested in speaking with Dr. Roy W. Koch or with Dr. Lindsay Desrochers should contact Jeanie-Marie Price at 503-725-3773. For headshots, please contact the Office of Marketing and Communications at or 503-725-8555.

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Amy Ross (503-725-4959)
Office of the President

For Immediate Release (#05-040)