Oregon State University President Edward Ray told a large crowd at HMSC’s Hennings Auditorium Wednesday that the future looks bright for OSU and for its economic role in the Newport area. He said with the advent of NOAA and other marine based activities there are many ways that OSU and all other science based groups can team up. One question was raised, “Is there a chance that OSU could open a campus here in Newport?” to which Ray replied, “All things are possible, but it comes down to money and right now money is tight everywhere.” However he said it is his goal to eventually have 500 to 1,000 marine science based and other students earning university credits every year at Newport.
Ray boasted about OSU’s fundraising efforts, adding that they’re well on their way to raising more than a billion dollars for a combination of scientific research and tuition scholarships for promising students.
Local entrepreneur John Lavrakis and Lincoln County Commissioner Terry Thompson asked Ray to ensure that when the National Science Foundation finishes its fiber optic cabling off the northwest coast of Oregon, OSU will be in a position to respond with more buildings at the Hatfield Marine Science Center and more faculty and students to harness the power of all the new data coming in. Ray says OSU is committed to an even larger partnership in the marine sciences with all the groups and organizations that further our knowledge of the seas.
Others mentioned OMSI to President Ray, informing him that OMSI will soon be bringing many children to the Hatfield Marine Sciences Center, exposing them to a vast array the knowledge to enable them to raise up the next generation.