Meet the PSU Board of Trustees

 

Portland State University is governed by a 15 member volunteer Board of Trustees. The President of the University is an ex officio, non-voting member of the Board. In addition, the Board must include one faculty member, one staff member, and one student from the University. The faculty, staff and student members of the Board are appointed for two-year terms; all other trustees are appointed for four-year terms. Trustees are limited to two full consecutive terms. All trustees, except for the President, are appointed by the Governor of Oregon, subject to confirmation by the Oregon Senate. A list of the current trustees’ terms of office is here.

Any person interested in appointment to the Board should visit the Governor’s Boards and Commissions website. Interested persons are required to submit an Interest Form to the Governor’s Office, which can be found on the website. The website also includes information about all Boards and Commissions appointed by the Governor, information about how to apply, a handbook for board members, and other useful information.


The current members of the Portland State University Board of Trustees are:

Erica Bestpitch

Erica Bestpitch

Bestpitch has been a member of the Portland State community since 2010. During her time in the conflict resolution master’s program, she served students and staff by providing direct services, training, and education through the then-named Student Center for Dispute Resolution. Since graduating, Bestpitch has worked as the administrative program assistant to both the C.A.R.E. Team and the Conduct & Community Standards Office under the Dean of Student Life. Bestpitch currently serves as the Administrative Coordinator of the Women's Resource Center, which advocates for the best educational and campus experience for all PSU students. Bestpitch is also the secretary for SEIU 503 Local 89. Since 2011, Bestpitch has designed and led conflict resolution trainings for Janus Youth Programs, Job Corps training centers, and other community-based organizations. Bestpitch says her work at PSU is informed by her “dedication to social justice, collaboration, and creativity,” and that she is “passionate about education that promotes a greater quality of life for all.” Bestpitch earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology at Scripps College in Claremont, California.

 

Gale Castillo

Gale Castillo (Chair of the Board)

Castillo is the past-president and one of the founders of the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber, the largest Hispanic Chamber in the Northwest with over 800 members. Castillo is also the co-owner of Cascade Centers, Inc., one of the largest privately held companies that provides Employee Assistance Program (EAP) service and staff development in the U.S. In addition to her work with the Chamber and Cascade Centers, Castillo previously worked as an assistant to former Oregon Gov. Neil Goldschmidt and as the state manager of the Oregon Economic Development Department's Job Training Administration. In the private sector, Castillo has worked for AT&T, Pacific Northwest Bell, and RESTOR Communications in management, marketing, and national sales positions. The recipient of many awards for service to her community, Castillo is the first in her family to graduate from college receiving a Bachelor of Arts, Linfield College and a Masters of Arts, Education, Portland State University. Castillo has also completed Harvard Kennedy School’s Executive Education Program.

 

Sho Dozono

Sho Dozono

A graduate of Portland State, Dozono is the president and CEO of Azumano Travel. A prominent member of the Portland business community and an active civic leader, Dozono was born in Japan and moved to Portland with his family when he was 10. He attended Cleveland High School and earned his bachelor’s degree in education and history from the University of Washington. He later went on to earn a master’s degree in education from PSU and to teach social studies at Grant High School for five years. Dozono joined his father-in-law’s business, Azumano Travel, in the mid-70s, becoming president in 1981. Dozono founded the Portland School Foundation and organized a massive march in support of school funding in the late 1990s, which helped raise millions of dollars to save teaching positions. A strong advocate of diversity and equal opportunity, Dozono has served as co-chair of the Oregon League of Minority Voters, the US-Japan Council, the Portland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, and the Portland Oregon Visitors Association, among other organizations. He is known as an advocate for Oregon as both a travel and tourism destination as well as an ideal location for business and investment opportunities.

 

Gregory Hinckley Gregory Hinckley (Vice-Chair of the Board)

President of Mentor Graphics Corporation, Oregon’s largest tech company, since 1999.  In 2011 named Oregon’s Technology Executive of the Year.  Present and past corporate board positions: S-I Bone, Inc.; Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.; Amkor Technology, Inc.; Intermec Corporation and Super Micro Computer, Inc.  Not-for-profit Boards:  Claremont McKenna College, Portland Opera Association and the advisory board of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at Portland State University.  Education includes a B.A. in mathematics and physics from Claremont McKenna College, a M.S. in applied physics from the University of California, San Diego, and a M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Studied applied mathematics as a Fulbright Fellow at Nottingham University in England in the late 1960’s and received an honorary professorship in electrical and electronic engineering from the Nottingham University of Ningbo, China in 2013.  Married to Mary Chomenko Hinckley, an artist, and moved from California to Portland in 1997.

 

Maude Hines

Maude Hines 

A recent past presiding officer of the PSU Faculty Senate, Dr. Hines is an associate professor of English. Dr. Hines specializes in American Literature. Her teaching and research focuses on Anglo-American Children's Literature, African American Literature, and Cultural Studies. Dr. Hines is currently completing a manuscript on citizen formation in late nineteenth-century American children's literature. She is also working on a project about the treatment of racial transformation in American cultural production. Her published work includes articles on Philip Pullman, Alice Walker and Paule Marshall, Ecocriticism in Children's Literature, and Louisa May Alcott. In addition to her leadership role on the PSU Faculty Senate, Dr. Hines is currently PSU’s lead representative to the OUS Interinstitutional Faculty Senate and IFS representative to the OUS Provost's Council. Dr. Hines received her B.A. from The City College of New York in 1992 and her Ph.D. from Duke University in 1998. Dr. Hines has served on the PSU faculty since 2000. 

 

Thomas J. Imeson

Thomas J. Imeson 

Imeson has worked for NW Natural Gas as their Vice President for Public Affairs since March, 2014.  Imeson was employed at the Port of Portland as their director of public affairs from 2006 to 2014. Prior to this, Imeson founded his own consulting firm in 2000 and was appointed by Governor Kulongoski to serve on the Port Commission in 2003. Mr. Imeson has served with three Oregon Governors. He was chief of staff for Governor Goldschmidt from 1987 to 1991 and served on the transition teams for both Governor Kitzhaber and Governor Kulongoski. He spent 16 years on Senator Mark Hatfield’s staff serving in a variety of positions including Oregon field director and a member of the staff of the Senate Energy and Senate Appropriations Committees. His private sector experience, in addition to his consulting practice, includes 11 years with PacifiCorp, first as federal affairs manager and then as a vice president. Imeson’s civic involvement has included committee and board work with Oregon Environmental Council, Oregon Health & Science University, the Oregon Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, Cascade Aids Project, Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission and the Oregon Board of Higher Education, where he served as president of the board. He is currently chair of the Oregon Board of Forestry, a gubernatorial appointment.  Imeson received a bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University.

 

Margaret D. Kirkpatrick

Margaret D. Kirkpatrick

Kirkpatrick served as General Counsel of Northwest Natural Gas Co. from June 2005 through 2014 and is now the Company’s Senior Vice President of Environmental Affairs.  Before coming to NW Natural, she was a partner with Stoel Rives, LLP, a law firm she had been associated with since 1983.  She previously served as a law clerk for Oregon Court of Appeals Judge W. Michael (“Mick”) Gillette.  Kirkpatrick currently is on the board of directors of Associated Oregon Industries, where she sits on the executive committee and chairs the task force on education and workforce training. She is also on the boards of the Classroom Law Project, and the Nature Conservancy. Kirkpatrick has a Bachelor’s degree from the College of Wooster, a JD from Lewis and Clark College and an LLM from the University of Edinburgh.

 

Photo of Antonio LeivaAntonio Leiva

Leiva is a first generation college student at Portland State University pursuing his degree in Community Development. He comes to Portland State having previously studied at Chemeketa Community College, where he was a student ambassador and PEER Leader. With a passion for community engagement and social change, he is involved with many local organizations including LEaRN (Latino Educational and Recreational Network), Gervais Knights of Columbus, LERE (Law Enforcement Related Experience), TLG (Teach Learn Grow), Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, Gervais Community Progress Team and the Gervais Neighborhood watch. Leiva has been the chair of Student Leadership Board, Student Association of Woodburn, the newly chartered Woodburn Rotaract. At PSU, he has been involved with diverse student organizations such as SALP and TriO, as well as events including the MLK Day of Service, Portland State of Mind, Oregon Student of Color Coalition, the Student union Against Non-Violence, PSU Athletics, Student Fellows Sustainable Solutions, and Admissions. Leiva is a Senator on the Associated Student Government of Portland State University. 

 

Irving LevinIrving Levin

Levin is a Portland-based serial entrepreneur. He is an active mentor, angel investor and board member for entrepreneurs and their small, private companies. Levin divides his time between business and philanthropic pursuits. Along with his wife Stephanie Fowler he is co-trustee of The Renaissance Foundation, which focuses on improving educational outcomes for underserved people. He is or has served on a number of non-profit boards, including SMART, The Children's Institute, Portland State University, St. Vincent Hospital Foundation and Bravo Portland. He is currently Chairman of Genesis Financial Solutions, a company he founded in 2001, and Chairman of Digital Divide, a social enterprise providing training and employment opportunities for poor young people in Cambodia, Laos, Kenya and the U.S.  After high school and before college, he performed as a professional cellist.

 

Pete Nickerson

 Pete Nickerson 

A past-chair of the PSU Foundation Board of Directors, Nickerson is the co-founder and principal of Chinus Asset Management. The former general manager of Nike in China, Nickerson is a fluent Mandarin speaker who has conducted business throughout Asia and lived for extended periods in Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore.  He has also founded and developed trading, investing and manufacturing businesses that currently generate over $1 billion of sales and directly employ over 100,000 people. Nickerson has been deeply involved in both the Asian and American public and private equity markets over the past four decades and has built an extensive network in Asia through his role as director of Growth-Link Overseas Company, a Hong Kong–based investment firm he co-founded in 1988. Nickerson currently serves as a board member for Feng Tay Enterprises (TW9910) a publicly listed company on the Taiwan Stock Exchange and is a former board director of Cascade Corporation (CASC) on the NYSE. Nickerson holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Oregon.

 

Lindsay StewartLindsay Stewart

Stewart was born in Portland, Oregon and was raised in northeast Portland.  Lindsay attended Rose City Park grade school and Madison High School before attending Willamette University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics in 1969 and his Juris Doctorate in 1973. Lindsay's main working life focused on his career at Nike, Inc., where he served in various legal and management capacities for the better part of 30 years.  Aside from social and civic activities associated with his work, Lindsay has been active in the community over the years. He has served on the Board of Trustees for Willamette University and as a Trustee of the OHSU Foundation. He was appointed by then-governor Ted Kulongoski to serve as co-chair of the Oregon International Trade Commission.  Lindsay is a Trustee of the Portland State University Foundation Board; a current member of the MBA Angel Fund Advisory Board of the Willamette University Atkinson School of Management; and he serves on the Willamette University Law School dean's leadership council.

 

Peter W. Stott

Peter W. Stott

 Stott has been president of Columbia Investments, Ltd. since 1983. He is also the executive chairman of Market Express, LLC, a regional transportation company. In addition, he served as the vice chairman and a principal of the real estate private equity firm ScanlanKemperBard Companies from 2005 to 2010 and as CEO of that company from 2008 to 2010. Stott was co-founder and former president and CEO of Crown Pacific from 1988 to 2004. He was the founder and former Chairman and CEO of Market Transport, Ltd., 1969 – 2006; one of the largest “asset-based” transportation and logistics services companies headquartered in Oregon. Market Transport, Ltd. was acquired in 2006 by UTI Worldwide and subsequently, in 2015, by DSV Global Transport and Logistics.

Stott is a member of the board of directors of Gerding/Edlen Development Company, one of the nation's leading real estate investment and development firms focused on urban, infill, office, apartment and mixed-use properties and the board of directors for Omega Morgan, one of the Northwest’s leading providers of complex lifting, rigging and moving solutions. Stott is a former board member of River Point Farms, America’s largest onion grower, and Con-way Inc., which was the nation’s third-largest less-than-truckload carrier. Con-way was sold to XPO Logistics for $3.1 billion in October 2015. He also is a former board member of Liberty Northwest Insurance Company, a Liberty Mutual Company.  Stott attended Portland State University and has an honorary doctorate from the University.

 

Christine Vernier

Christine Vernier

Vernier is co-founder and COO of Vernier Software & Technology, a company founded in 1981 that produces science educational software and hardware.  Vernier and her husband also are co-founders of the Vernier Charitable Fund at the Oregon Community Foundation and are major donors to numerous education, social service and environmental organizations in Oregon. Vernier currently serves on the Triangle Coalition for STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) Education, a national board advocating for the improvement of STEM education, as well as the board of the Oregon Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. She previously served on the boards of the Oregon Business Education Compact and the Board of Visitors for the College of Science at Oregon State University, among other boards. Vernier has received distinguished service awards from the American Association of Physics, AAPT Ohio section, University of Oregon, and Oregon Science Teachers Association. A social worker and law office manager prior to co-founding Vernier S&T, Vernier received her B.A. in Sociology from Ohio State University.  Vernier and her husband, David, were recipients of the Simon Benson Award for Philanthropy in 2014.

 

Rahmat Shoureshi (non-voting member)

Rahmat Shoureshi is PSU’s ninth president. Dr. Shoureshi (pronounced Shoe-re-she) joined the university in August, 2017 after six years as provost and interim president of the New York Institute of Technology. He brings to PSU nearly four decades of academic experience, a record of expanding research opportunities, and a history of inspiring faculty collaboration. Shoureshi is a mechanical engineer who earned a master’s degree and a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is an expert in automation, control systems design, and artificial intelligence; holds nine U.S. patents for biomedical and engineering systems, sensors and devices; and has authored more than 250 technical publications.