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:

Photo of Ben BerryBen Berry

Berry is the Executive Vice President of Information Technology and CIO for the federal government’s Bonneville Power Administration.  He is also CEO of the Aerospace Entrepreneurial Group and Chief Digital Officer for AirShip Technology Group’s AirShip Endurance Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, StingerMAV MicroIntelligence for clean tech, long flight endurance drones. Mr. Berry has held various senior technology leadership positions serving the Royal Saudi Air Force, Kingdom of Saudi Arabian International Airports, and Hughes Aircraft Company – Los Angeles.  He is a Board of Director at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum and currently serves as a Honorary Commander for the U.S. Air Force' 142nd Fighter Wing, one of two “Ready Alert Bases” protecting the West Coast of the United States of America and Canada as part of NORAD. Previously he served as Chief Technology Officer for the City of Portland, as well as the Oregon Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) Chief Information Officer.  As CIO for the second largest state agency in Oregon, Mr. Berry was responsible for systems supporting highways, bridges, rail service, right-of-way determinations, DMV and Motor Carrier commercial trucking inspections and licensing throughout the state. Berry received his M.B.A. from UCLA, and a B.S. in Life Science--Biotechnology from the University of Portland.


Sho DozonoSho 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 HinckleyGregory Hinckley (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.

Thomas J. ImesonThomas 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. KirkpatrickMargaret D. Kirkpatrick (Vice-Chair of the Board)

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 Yves LabissiereYves Labissiere

A social psychologist by training, Yves Labissiere is an associate professor at Portland State University where he teaches classes and conducts research on the psychology of oppression and empowerment, diversity and learning, inter and intra-group relations and conflict. His research interests focus broadly on intra/intergroup relations and more specifically on the negotiation of notions of Blackness and racial and ethnic identities among groups categorized as Black in the US. He has years of experience conducting fieldwork with vulnerable populations: immigrants, refugees, and Black populations in Miami, New York, and Portland. Yves recently finished a Pew Funded project examining ethnic difference in civic engagement among African Americans, Cuban, Jamaicans, Haitians, and European Americans and the role that faith and religion played. As the Chair of the Institutional Assessment Council, Yves leads a campus-wide initiative to develop campus learning outcomes and to bolster campus-wide assessment. Yves received a BA from Yale, and a doctorate in Psychology from the University of California at Santa Cruz. He is an experienced assessment specialist and program evaluator. 


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 NickersonPete 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.

Photo of Judith RamaleyJudith Ramaley 

Dr. Judith Ramaley is President Emerita and Distinguished Professor of Public Serice at Portland State University in the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government and President Emerita of Winona State University. She was President and Professor of Biology at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon for seven years from 1990-1997. Dr. Ramaley was President of The University of Vermont (UVM) and Professor of Biology from 1997 to 2001. From 2001-2004, she was Assistant Director for the Education and Human Resources Directorate (EHR) at the National Science Foundation (NSF). During her NSF service, she held a presidential professorship in biomedical sciences at the University of Maine and was a Fellow of the Margaret Chase Smith Center for Public Policy. She served as a Visiting Senior Scientist at the National Academy of Sciences in 2005. From 2005-2012, she served as President of Winona State University (WSU) in Minnesota and Professor of Biology. Dr. Ramaley holds an appointment as a Distinguished Scholar with the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). She has a special interest in civic and community engagement. She serves as an advisor for several national projects that focus on equity, student success, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education and the leadership of change.


Lisa Sablan

Lisa Sablan joined PSU in 2005 and has been in the Department of Chemistry for the past eight years.  As the Departmental Specialist, Lisa’s work spans the entire university community, including student and faculty support, research support, financial processing, purchasing and contracting, and facilities access and maintenance.  With over a decade of experience, Lisa is widely known as a team player who frequently shares her expertise with colleagues across the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Lisa is also active in SEIU, Local 503, serving as a member and as lead on the Communications Action Team and as the Hardship Leave Liaison.  

Peter W. StottPeter 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.

Photo of Wally Van ValkenburgWally Van Valkenburg

Wally Van Valkenburg is a partner in the Stoel Rives’ Technology and Intellectual Property Group and co-leads the firm’s privacy initiative and the firm’s education law industry group. He has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America© in Antitrust Law, Copyright Law, Litigation - Intellectual Property, Patent Law, Technology Law, and Trademark Law. Wally is also certified as an Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) by the International Association of Privacy Professionals. From 2006 through 2016, Wally served as Managing Partner for the Stoel Rives Portland Office.  He also previously served as Practice Group Leader for the Technology and Intellectual Property Group and as a member of the firm's Executive Committee. Wally was an instructor at Columbia University School of Law from 1982 to 1984, where he wrote a dissertation on constitutional theory and the First Amendment. After graduating from law school and before practicing law, he was a law clerk to Justice Edward H. Howell of the Oregon Supreme Court from 1978 to 1979.


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.


Photo of Acting President Steve PercyStephen Percy (non-voting member)

Stephen Percy, previously dean of the College of Urban & Public Affairs and a professor of political science has been selected by the Board of Trustees as PSU's permanent president. Percy has led the College of Urban & Public Affairs since he joined PSU in 2014, coming to Portland from the University of Baltimore, where he was founding dean of the College of Public Affairs and a professor of public and international affairs.

The co-author of six books and one textbook, Percy has also served as an administrator and faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the University of Virginia. He earned his bachelor’s degree in government from Hamilton College and his Ph.D. in political science from Indiana University.