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Faculty & Staff

Doug Decker, Director

Executive Seminar Program

Doug served as Oregon State Forester and director of the Oregon Department of Forestry from 2011-October, 2016. During his 29-year career with the agency he led development of the Tillamook Forest Center, a popular forest education and recreation facility west of Portland, and acquisition of the 70,000-acre Gilchrist State Forest in Central Oregon. Doug's three decades of experience in all aspects of natural resource policy, and his credentials as a collaborative leader of a complex state agency, as well as being an alum of the Executive Seminar Program, allow him to bring insight, practical experience and a passion for communication and learning to program participants. He holds a Bachelors of Arts in Journalism from the University of Montana.


Dr. Craig Shinn, Academic Lead

Executive Seminar Program 

Dr. Craig W. Shinn (B.S., University of Maine; M.P.A., Lewis & Clark College; Ph.D., University of Washington) is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Public Administration, Mark O. Hatfield School of Government, College of Urban and Public Affairs. He was a Research Program Leader in the Forest Research Division of Crown Zellerback Corporation for eight years before beginning an academic career.  After five years working in sustainable natural research development with international non-government organization, Dr. Shinn began teaching first at Seattle University and Portland State University. In 1992, he joined the faculty at Lewis and Clark College as an Assistant Professor of Public Administration with responsibility for environmental and natural resource programs.  When the program was transferred to PSU in 1996, Dr. Shinn chose to join the faculty in the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government.


Mike Crouse, Director Emeritus

Executive Seminar Program

After his retirement from federal service, Mike took over as ESP program director for the 2008-2009 seminar, led the program for eight years, and transitioned to his emeritus role in 2016. Mike has worked for several federal agencies during his 36-year career as a field biologist, researcher and most recently as an assistant Northwest regional administrator with the National Marine Fisheries Service. He has also served on the program's board of directors for several years. Mike has a B.S. degree in biology and a M.S. degree in fisheries biology from Oregon State University.


Erin Steinkruger, Coordinator

Executive Seminar Program

Erin is a doctoral student in the Public Affairs and Policy program of the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government, studying environmental governance and educational leadership. She holds a BA in political science from Lewis and Clark College. In addition to coordinating the Executive Seminar Program, Erin teaches and conducts research in southern Souteast Alaska for the Tatoosh School.