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President's Office Records

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1946-1958: Stephen E. Epler (1946-1955) and John F. Cramer (1955-1958)

1959-1968: Branford P. Millar

1968-1974: Gregory B. Wolfe

1974-1986: Joseph Blumel

1986-1990: Natale A. Sicuro (1986-1988) and Roger N. Edgington (1989-1990)

1990-1997: Judith A. Ramaley

1997-2007: Daniel O. Bernstine

Accreditation

Executive Committee

Clarence Hein, 1978-1992



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Collection Overview

Title: President's Office Records, 1949-2006Add to your cart.

ID: PSU/002

Primary Creator: Portland State University

Extent: 84.0 Linear Feet

Arrangement: The President's Office Records is arranged into sub-groups. There is a sub-group for each president, excepting Stephen Epler and John Cramer who share a sub-group. There are additional sub-groups including Accreditation, Executive Committee, and one for Clarence Hein, the Director of News and Communications Services, which were separated out of the collection and then reassembled at some point in the past.

Languages: English

Abstract

The President's Office Records contains the records generated by the Office of the President from 1955-2007. It is comprised of 10 subgroups consisting primarily of presidential administrations: Subgroup 1: 1946-1958: Stephen E. Epler (1946-1955) and John F. Cramer (1955-1958); Subgroup 2: 1959-1968: Branford P. Millar; Subgroup 3: 1968-1974: Gregory B. Wolfe; Subgroup 4: 1974-1986: Joseph Blumel; Subgroup 5: 1986-1990: Natale A. Sicuro (1986-1988) and Roger N. Edgington (1989-1990); Subgroup 6: 1990-1997: Judith A. Ramaley; Subgroup 7: 1997-2007: Daniel O. Bernstine; Subgroup 8: Accreditation; Subgroup 9: Executive Committee; Subgroup 10: Clarence Hein and the News and Information Services.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The President's Office Records are organized into 10 subgroups, primarily by presidential administration. There is a significant amount of overlap in the date range of the files. For an extreme example of this, see the "Alumni Relations - 1620 Club" folder in SG 7: Bernstine, which includes material from 1960 to 1998, and thus incorporates 8 presidents/interim presidents stretching from the middle of Branford Millar's presidency up through the beginning of Daniel Bernstine's. Because these types of files were clearly still in use across presidencies they are arranged by the most recent date, thus "Alumni Relations - 1620 Club" is placed into the Bernstine subgroup as opposed to the Millar because its most recent date is 1998.

The President's Office Records reflect the highly centralized nature of the presidency that existed through Blumel's tenure (SG 4). Most committees, departments, and offices - both academic and administrative - forwarded a significant amount of material through the Office of the President. Thus within the President's Records there exists a substantial quantity of correspondence, meeting minutes, reports, and other records which have little direct bearing on the President's Office, but which serve as documentation of PSU's activities that are otherwise unaccounted for.

Collection Historical Note

Since its designation as a 4-year college in 1955, Portland State has had 8 presidents: John F. Cramer, 1955-1958; Branford P. Millar, 1959-1968; Gregory B. Wolfe, 1968-1974; Joseph C. Blumel, 1974-1986; Natale A. Sicuro, 1986-1988; Judith A. Ramaley, 1990-1997; Daniel O. Bernstine, 1997-2007; Wim Wiewel, 2008-present. Stephen E. Epler was director of the school from its foundation in 1946 until it became a college in 1955. There have also been three interim presidents: E. Dean Anderson, March - April, 1974; Roger N. Edgington, 1988-1990; and Michael E. Reardon, 2007-2008. Following the departure of President Cramer in 1958 there was a triumvirate consisting of: John M. Swarthout, Errett E. Hummel, and John H. Stehn.

The president is the chief executive officer of the university. The president reports to the chancellor of the Oregon University System (originally Oregon State System of Higher Education).

Administrative Information

Repository: Finding Aids: Special Collections & University Archives

Access Restrictions: The Legal series in each subgroup is restricted to researcher access pending approval by the University Archivist.


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[Subgroup 1: 1946-1958: Stephen E. Epler (1946-1955) and John F. Cramer (1955-1958), 1949-1958],
[Subgroup 2: 1959-1968: Branford P. Millar, 1955-1969],
[Subgroup 3: 1968-1974: Gregory B. Wolfe, 1961-1974],
[Subgroup 4: 1974-1986: Joseph Blumel, 1969-1987],
[Subgroup 5: 1986-1990: Natale A. Sicuro (1986-1988) and Roger N. Edgington (1989-1990), 1970-1990],
[Subgroup 6: 1990-1997: Judith A. Ramaley, 1965-1997],
[Subgroup 7: 1997-2007: Daniel O. Bernstine, 1960-2006],
[Subgroup 8: Accreditation, 1955-2000],
[Subgroup 9: Executive Committee],
[Subgroup 10: Clarence Hein, 1978-1992],
[All]

Subgroup 5: 1986-1990: Natale A. Sicuro (1986-1988) and Roger N. Edgington (1989-1990), 1970-1990Add to your cart.

More than any other PSU president, Natale Sicuro is remember for the controversies that plagued his administration. Officially, he served as PSU president from September, 1986 until December, 1988 (collecting pay through December, 1989); unofficially, after his forced resignation, his tenure lasted until October, 1988 at the latest, when Roger Edgington became interim president until 1990.

Sicuro received his Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Kent State University in 1964.  Before that time he had been a secondary school teacher, an athletics coach, and a university instructor in Ohio and at Kent State. He held a variety of administrative and management positions before being appointed as president of Southern Oregon State College (now Southern Oregon University) in 1979.

Sicuro’s tenure began strongly with his implementation of a document called “The Plan for the 90s,” an idea he took from “The Plan for the 80s” he had implemented while president of SOSC. Initially, the plan was lauded as an achievement in planning and development, but gradually even this was viewed by the faculty as less of a plan and more of an unprioritized wish list.

The controversies surrounding Sicuro were apparent even at the time of his appointment by the OSSHE.  Rumors circulated that the Chancellor William E. Davis, who knew Sicuro personally, had insisted on him even though the rest of the search committee had viewed him unfavorably. These unconfirmable rumors, combined with a degree seen by many liberal arts faculty as lacking in academic merit, placed Sicuro in a difficult position from the start.

Sicuro’s involvement in whether PSU should become a NCAA Division I member in 1986 cemented in the minds of various faculty members that he was overly concerned with matters outside of education. From there he proceeded to mishandle a situation where the Associated Students allegedly planned to arrange a 1987 homecoming dance for “whites only;" when outraged minority groups complained, he directed them to the faculty senate and Minority Affairs Council. Before either had had a chance to investigate, he proclaimed the matter as having no evidence.

Having begun to generate controversy outside the institution, he proceeded to instruct his staff that they were not to communicate with the Vanguard student paper and then dismissed its faculty advisor, Gerald Penk.  Both actions were seen as retribution for the paper's criticism of his handling of the ASPSU homecoming situation. Harsh editorials followed in the Oregonian and the Vanguard.

In 1988 rumors arose that Sicuro was spending money rapidly and that some of it had come from the PSU Foundation. Allegations arose that he had begun to use gift money for purposes other than their intended function, including improvements to the president’s house and expenses for his wife’s trip to Italy. Investigations later showed that while interest from these funds had been spent on undesignated purposes, the funds themselves were uncompromised and the Foundation had not been compromised.

After the Foundation controversy, the faculty senate met to discuss a motion to determine confidence in the president by mail-in ballot. The motion was defeated, but the president was concerned enough that he began to gather his supporters, which culminated in a statement by the state board finding Sicuro’s work to be quite satisfactory, but warning that his progress was being undermined by “a small but vocal group of dissidents at the University.” To get to the bottom of the matter, a task force headed by economics professor Richard Halley was formed to independently investigate the Foundation matters; soon after, the Department of Justice began its own investigation.

In September of 1988, Chancellor William Lemman formed a review panel to conduct the president’s review a year early. A document created by thirty department heads provided a seven-point indictment of how the president had lost control and damaged the reputation and the future of the University. They stated that PSU had lost confidence within the national education community; that several high-ranking female employees had resigned, thus creating significant problems for the affirmative action program; that the president had shown intolerance to free expression in regards to the Vanguard affair; that the administration lacked direction; that the president avoided traditional models of university governance; that he refused to take responsibility for his mistakes and instead blamed them on subordinates; and that his handling of the Foundation had damaged the University’s future.

The department heads' conclusion was that the only way forward was without Sicuro. On October 10, 1988 Natale Sicuro resigned the presidency and was immediately replaced by Roger Edgington as interim president.

Series 1: Athletics, 1986-1988Add to your cart.
Box 61Add to your cart.
Folder 1: 1986-1987Add to your cart.
Folder 2: July - December, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Athletics budget, 1987-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Athletics Financial Management Committee, 1988-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 5: David Coffey, Athletic Director, 1986-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Delkin Committee, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Delkin Committee, 1987-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Delkin Committee Report - Future of Athletics, December, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Incidental fee, 1986-1987Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Incidental fee, 1987-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Leo Marty - firing, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Move to NCAA Division I membership, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Review of Athletics Program, 1988Add to your cart.
Series 2: Committees, Commissions, and Councils, 1973-1988Add to your cart.
Box 61Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Boards - President's Advisory Board, 1987-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Commissions - Oregon Educational Coordinating Commission, 1981-1987Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Councils - Council of Academic Deans, Department Heads/Program Directors, and Selected Administrators, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Councils - Council of Academic Deans, Department Heads/Program Directors, and Selected Administrators minutes, 1986-1987Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Councils - Oregon Council on Economic Education, 1973-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 19: OSSHE Committees - Chancellor's Search Committee, 1988Add to your cart.
Series 3: Academic Departments, 1982-1989Add to your cart.
Box 62Add to your cart.
Folder 1: School of Business Administration, 1982-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Division of Continuing Education, 1983-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 3: School of Engineering and Applied Science, 1986-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 4: School of Engineering and Applied Science - Management Program, 1986 - circa 1989Add to your cart.
Series 4: Administrative Departments, 1970-1990Add to your cart.
Materials in this series can be found in boxes 62 and 63.
Sub-Series 1: Office of Academic Affairs (OAA)Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Associate Vice President, Michael Reardon, 1986-1987Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Executive Vice President and Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs, Margaret Dobson, 1986-1987Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Sabbatical leaves, 1985-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Undergraduate Studies Dean, 1974-1987Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: Office of the Affirmative Action OfficerAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: October, 1985 - September, 1989Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 3: Office of Development (DEV)Add to your cart.
By 1987/88 the Office of University Relations had undergone a name change to become the Office of Development.
Folder 1: Alumni Relations, 1974-1987Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Alumni Relations - notes and activities, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Government Relations - legislative strategy, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 3: DEV - Director of Development search, 1986 and 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 4: DEV - Vice President for Development Judith E. Nichols, 1987-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Government Relations - legislative, 1970-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Government Relations - state legislature, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 8: PSU Foundation, 1984-1986Add to your cart.
Folder 9: PSU Foundation - by-laws, 1986-1990Add to your cart.
Folder 10: PSU Foundation - donations and contributions, 1988-1990Add to your cart.
Folder 11: PSU Foundation - Elizabeth Drews Fund, 1977-1986Add to your cart.
Folder 12: PSU Foundation - Helen Oliver Award Committee, 1978-1986Add to your cart.
Folder 13: PSU Foundation - Lipson Trust accounting, 1981-1986Add to your cart.
Folder 14: PSU Foundation - members, 1987-1990Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Office of University Relations - Assistant to the President for University Relations, 1979-1989Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 4: Office of the President (PO)Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Assistant to the President and Director of Public Affairs Charles W. Stephens, 1987-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Edgington - speeches, 1989-1990Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Sicuro - September 7, 1988 cabinet retreat at the President's home, 1987-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Sicuro - commencement speeches and notes, 1986-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Sicuro - correspondence, 1986-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Sicuro - 1986/87 President's Annual Report, circa 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Sicuro - research and notes for meeting with Governor Goldschmidt, 1988Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 5: Office of Student AffairsAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Financial aid, 1984-1987Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Student financial aid testimony, 1986-1987Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Vice President/Provost for Student Affairs, 1986-1989Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 6: Summer SessionAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Charles White and Summer Session, 1979-1989Add to your cart.
Series 5: International Trade Institute, 1982-1989Add to your cart.
Box 63Add to your cart.
Folder 1: International Trade and Commerce Institute, 1982-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Reports, 1987-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Search, 1987-1989Add to your cart.
Series 7: Oregon State System of Higher Education (OSSHE), 1984-1989Add to your cart.
Box 63Add to your cart.
Folder 1: April 14, 1988 State Board visit, 1987-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Center for Excellence, 1985-1987Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Chancellor, 1984-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Presidential spouses, 1986 and 1988Add to your cart.
Series 8: Students, 1974-1990Add to your cart.
Box 63Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Alumni - PSU Weekend - 41st Birthday of PSU, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 2: ROTC, 1974-1990Add to your cart.
Series 9: Subject Files, 1976-1989Add to your cart.
Box 64Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Academic calendar 1987/88Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Academic calendars - semester calendar conversionAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Center for Urban Research in Education (CURE), 1986-1987Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Center for Urban Research in Education (CURE), 1987-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Deans, Assistant/Associate Deans, Department Heads, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Keith Morden Memorial Lecture programs and various guest lecturer brochures, CVs, and information, 1976-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Morden Lecture - February 23-24 featuring Peter C. Newman, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Oregon School of DesignAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: PSU President search, 1988-1989Add to your cart.
Materials regarding the search for Sicuro's replacement
Folder 10: PSU presidential selection process, 1986Add to your cart.
Materials regarding the search that would lead to Sicuro's presidency
Series 10: Weekly Activity Reports (WARs), 1986-1988Add to your cart.
Box 64Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Pokey Allen, Interim Athletic Director, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Phil Bogue, Assistant to the President for University Relations, 1986-1988Add to your cart.
By 1987/88 Phlip R. Bogue would be the Assistant to the President for Government and Community Relations
Folder 13: Margaret J. Dobson, Executive Vice President, 1986-1987Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Roger N. Edgington, Vice President for Finance and Administration, 1986-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Orcilia Z. Forbes, Vice President for Student Affairs, 1986-1987Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Jacquelyn Harrell, Affirmative Action Officer, 1987-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Judith Nichols, Vice President for Development, 1987-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Mary Lou Webb, Directors of Alumni Affairs, 1988Add to your cart.

Browse by Subgroup:

[Subgroup 1: 1946-1958: Stephen E. Epler (1946-1955) and John F. Cramer (1955-1958), 1949-1958],
[Subgroup 2: 1959-1968: Branford P. Millar, 1955-1969],
[Subgroup 3: 1968-1974: Gregory B. Wolfe, 1961-1974],
[Subgroup 4: 1974-1986: Joseph Blumel, 1969-1987],
[Subgroup 5: 1986-1990: Natale A. Sicuro (1986-1988) and Roger N. Edgington (1989-1990), 1970-1990],
[Subgroup 6: 1990-1997: Judith A. Ramaley, 1965-1997],
[Subgroup 7: 1997-2007: Daniel O. Bernstine, 1960-2006],
[Subgroup 8: Accreditation, 1955-2000],
[Subgroup 9: Executive Committee],
[Subgroup 10: Clarence Hein, 1978-1992],
[All]


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