"Senator Hatfield has been a legendary figure in Oregon for the last six decades, serving at every level of state government and volunteering his time for years after leaving his position in the U.S. Senate," the Governor said. "His service and commitment to Oregon is unmatched, and it is my honor to continue his legacy through the designation of the Mark O. Hatfield Chair at OHSU."
Throughout his years of service, Senator Hatfield has devoted much of his energy to improving Oregon's health care system. While working as a member and chair of the United States Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Hatfield led Congress to appropriate more than $300 million dollars to Oregon for health care research and infrastructure development. Senator Hatfield's efforts spurred the construction of cutting-edge medical facilities at OHSU, including the Doernbecher Children's Hospital, the Vollum Institute for Advanced Biomedical Research, the School of Nursing, the Ambulatory Research Center, the Oregon Hearing Research Center and the Casey Eye Institute.
The Mark O. Hatfield Chair shall be occupied by an Oregonian who strives to emulate Senator Hatfield's selfless public service, humility, vision, strength of character and integrity.
In addition, the Governor announced the following appointments, which are subject to State Senate confirmation: Oregon Health Sciences University Board of Directors
New appointment:Larry Gray, Portland
Reappointments: Charles Wilhoite, Portland, and Meredith Wilson, North Powder