Jay Kenton (2021-2022)
Dr Jay Kenton was appointed as the interim president of WOU in July of 2021 and served in that role until the end of Spring term, 2022.
Kenton is an experienced higher education leader in Oregon who has supported several public universities during his career. Among Kenton’s multiple senior administrative posts at Oregon’s public universities, he worked for eight years as vice chancellor for finance and administration and chief financial officer for the Oregon University System and 16 years at Portland State University, where his last position was vice chancellor for finance and administration and chief financial officer. He briefly served as WOU’s interim vice president for finance and administration and interim president at both Oregon Institute of Technology and Eastern Oregon University.
Kenton earned his doctorate in Public Administration from Portland State University, and both a master’s in Education with an emphasis in higher education administration and a bachelor’s in Business Administration from Oregon State University.