From the President: Winter 2019
Author: President Rahmat Shoureshi
Posted: February 1, 2019

PSU President Rahmat ShourseshiJoin the Campaign for PSU

AFTER A YEAR in your company, I have truly come to understand that Let Knowledge Serve the City is more than a motto. It’s a mission. Every great city needs a great university. With our bold vision and direction for PSU, the Portland area community is developing a greater appreciation and recognition of the major role that the University plays in the socioeconomic growth of the region.

Portland State’s mission was born when a group of students and teachers joined forces in 1946 to build a college for anyone who wanted to look beyond what is, to envision what could be. From the beginning, they wanted to venture outside the classroom to gain real-world experience in overcoming obstacles and inventing solutions. And to this day, their spirit—your spirit—animates PSU, drawing the most diverse student body among Oregon universities to explore and excel in our classrooms, laboratories and studios.

Today, we are at a critical juncture at PSU. Our University is earning much-deserved recognition for innovation. Our faculty are pursuing breakthroughs in fields as varied as technology-based pedagogy, nanomaterials, transportation, urban planning, cyber security, blockchain technology, healthy and sustainable cities, and the discovery of new drugs. And our students continue to inspire us all with their talent and tenacity. 

To secure the essential support needed for our students, our faculty, our programs and campus, in October we launched a $300 million fundraising effort: Let Knowledge Serve: The Campaign for PSU. Please visit the site at to learn more about this important effort, and how we serve our students, our city, and our world.

AMONG MY highest priorities is alumni engagement and recognition. We are reaching out to over 180,000 alumni around the globe and making them more aware of what PSU is today. As part of that effort, starting in 2019, every year we will celebrate an Alumni Golden Year Reunion. The PSU Alumni Office is beginning by inviting alumni from the Class of 1969 to events on campus, culminating with commencement in June. Please visit the Class of 1969 website at Come back and breathe in the exciting air of today’s Portland State University. Don’t miss a moment of the fun! 

Every graduating class puts its own mark on our city and our University, embodying the Viking spirit. This magazine showcases much of what makes Portland State the city’s most vibrant resource for learning, scholarship, artistry, culture and workforce development. I know you’ll enjoy reading these fascinating stories about what’s going on at PSU today, and please consider a campus visit in 2019, to relive memories, experience the exciting growth of our campus and community, and look with us toward a bright future. Please let me know when you are in the Portland area; I welcome a visit with you to learn about what will make PSU a great university.

Rahmat Shoureshi
President, Portland State University