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'He is an ideal fit for PSU because of his vision and initiatives to enhance research, increase educational and professional opportunities for students, develop community partnerships and boost philanthropy.'

SHOURESHIRahmat Shoureshi was selected Monday as Portland State University's new president.

Members of the PSU Board of Trustees voted unanimously May 15 to appoint Shoureshi as the university's ninth president. He succeeds PSU President Wim Wiewel, who will step down this year after nine years in the postion.

"Dr. Shoureshi's leadership experience and accomplishments at several prestigious universities will bring innovation, entrepreneurship and operational knowledge to take Portland State to the next level," said Board Chairman Pete Nickerson. "He is an ideal fit for PSU because of his vision and initiatives to enhance research, increase educational and professional opportunities for students, develop community partnerships and boost philanthropy."

"I am humbled and honored to be chosen to lead this great university," Shoureshi said after the board vote. "PSU is a 21st century university that serves a vibrant urban region that champions access, diversity and inclusiveness as well as conducts innovative research and is dedicated to cutting-edge and collaborative learning — things that reflect my academic ideals and perspectives."

Shoureshi, the New York Institute of Technology's interim president and provost, takes over the PSU president's job Aug. 14. He joined the institute in 2011 as provost and vice president for academic affairs. In January, he was appointed its interim president.

Prior to joining the institute, Shoureshi was dean of the University of Denver's School of Engineering and Computer Science, endowed chair professor of engineering at the Colorado School of Mines and professor of mechanical engineering at Purdue University.

Shoureshi also served as founding director of the National Science Foundation industry/university cooperative research centers. He has published more than 250 technical papers and holds several patents.

PSU is the state's only urban public research university, with 27,000 students.

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