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Trustee from Eastern Oregon Resigns from OSU Board of Trustees

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PENDLETON, OR - The new Oregon State University board of trustees has now had its first resignation.

The retired president of Blue Mountain Community College, John Turner, quit before the first meeting because he's running for the Legislature.

Turner says it doesn't make sense to serve for a few months and then - if elected - be forced to resign to avoid a conflict of interest.

Lawmakers during the most recent session approved independent boards to give Oregon, Oregon State and Portland State more autonomy from the State Board of Higher Education. The new boards will have the authority to hire and fire presidents, set tuition and fees, and oversee university operations.

Turner would have been the only Oregon State trustee from the eastern part of the state.

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