New Fariborz Maseeh Hall will bolster student success 

Wed, Oct 2, 2019

Dear PSU Community:

It’s official. The building formerly known as Neuberger Hall is open for business, and it has a new name — Fariborz Maseeh Hall.

Today I want to thank everyone who helped bring us to this milestone moment: our supporters, our outstanding facilities team, the building’s architects and construction partners and — most of all — the students and faculty who endured the 20-month renovation process. 

When you stand in the light-filled space, I hope you’ll agree it was all worth it. Maseeh Hall has always stood at the heart of our campus. Now it will stand at the center of our student success mission. It will help us support students from the day they walk on campus to the day they walk with their fellow graduates. 

I encourage you to tour the building if you haven't already. It is a manifestation of our entire university's commitment to student success. There is a wonderful atrium for gathering, and modern accommodations for the registrar’s office, career advising, financial aid, OIT and a new Transfer + Returning Student Success Center. These resources are located under one roof, making it easier for students to find the support they need.

The building is home to English, World Languages, School of Art and Design studio classrooms and the Fariborz Maseeh Department of Mathematics + Statistics, a sign of PSU’s commitment to academic excellence and interdisciplinary learning. And come November, it will also house the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at PSU, extending the cultural connections between Portland State and our region.

The building's new name reflects Dr. Maseeh’s lifetime relationship with PSU. As many of you know, his connection with the university spans four decades — as a student, alumnus, donor and advocate. A pioneer in micro-technology, he has made transformational philanthropic investments in science and engineering across campus.

We are indebted to Dr. Maseeh for his ongoing commitment as well as to Jordan Schnitzer and the people of Oregon, whose significant contributions to this facility we gratefully acknowledged during our grand re-opening celebration this morning.

It is exciting to watch Maseeh Hall fill with energy and life this week. What a wonderful way to begin this first term of our academic year together.

Stephen Percy
Interim President