Involvement with the business community is a key factor in the success of the College. Our Executive-in-Residence (EIR) program was created in 2006 to provide students and faculty the opportunity to benefit from the expertise of business executives, to strengthen the relationship between the College and the business community, and to help transition students into the business world.

Responsibilities and Activities:

Executives in Residence undertake a variety of activities, including but not limited to:

  • Teaching: Attend, observe, and speak to graduate and undergraduate classes. The EIRs may teach entire courses or short courses on topics within their area of expertise.
  • Curriculum Enhancement: Assist with the identification of the needs and expectation of the business community, and advise on how the College's academic programs might respond. The EIRs are ideally positioned to advise academic staff in developing their teaching, learning, and research activities.
  • Academic Research: Provide advice to faculty on their research. The EIRs provide perspective on faculty research by attending seminars. The EIRs are encouraged to pursue joint research of interest to the academic and business communities.
  • Alumni & Student Relations: The EIRs interact with our alumni and current student cohorts. Such interactions may involve a meeting with various groups.
  • EIR Dinner Lecture: A dinner lecture brings together business leaders, faculty, and students for a stimulating presentation and/or panel discussion relating to the changing business environment and key issues affecting the Oregon business community.