Office of President Stephen Percy

President Percy in his office

Welcome to Portland State

I am honored to serve as the 10th president of Oregon’s urban public research university. Since our founding in 1946, we have stayed true to our mission as a university of opportunity, where people come to change their lives and their communities. At our very core is our commitment to student learning and success, starting 75 years ago with veterans returning from World War II. Today, we are home to Oregon’s most racially, ethnically, and economically diverse student population.

As we celebrate our 75th anniversary, we are leaning into our calling to create a more racially and socially just campus for our students, our state and our world. It is our moral imperative to root out policies and practices that discriminate. To advance the well-being and success of all. To change and to lead.

I invite you to join us as we think big and act boldly to move forward toward a more equitable future.

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Acting on Equity
and Racial Justice

We are fighting racism and advancing social justice across our campus by applying an antiracist lens to everything we do, measuring our progress and holding each other to account. We are taking steps to ensure success for all students, more equitable working conditions and an environment where people feel safe, belong, and prosper.

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Laser Focus on
Student Success

PSU must provide students with a pathway to social mobility as we emerge from a historic pandemic and reckoning on racial justice. To do that, we are building on our Students First initiative to advance student success, graduation, and career readiness. We give our students meaningful experiences that lead to rewarding careers. 

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Mobilizing Engagement to Strengthen Our City

We are engaging with our partners across the city to achieve a more equitable, resilient, and sustainable future. Now more than ever, our city needs us to be a key player in solving complex problems, tapping our research and education resources to recover and come back stronger.

University Metrics

Presidential Fellows

Presidential Fellows are faculty members chosen to explore and develop reports on important issues and opportunities at PSU. Fellows engage in research, interviews and conversations to guide their findings and recommendations. They share their findings at a public presentation during spring term.

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Exploring the Future of PSU Athletics

PSU President Stephen Percy determined that the 2020-2021 academic year is an appropriate time for the university to undertake a comprehensive review of Portland State Athletics. 

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Making PSU a Safer Campus

Students, faculty and staff are working together to ensure the safety, well-being and genuine belonging of everyone on campus. Two committees are doing this important work: the Reimagine Campus Safety Committee (RCSC) and the University Public Safety Oversight Committee (UPSOC).

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University Metrics

In 2019-2020, the PSU Board of Trustees requested that the President, working with his Executive Team,
develop a set of metrics in the areas of finance, undergraduate and graduate enrollment, and student success.