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Higher Education | Peace and Conflict Studies | Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education | Social Justice


Judith Ramaley was interviewed by Liza Schade on May 22, 2020, in Portland, Oregon. Also participating in the interview are Patricia Schechter and Cleophas Chambliss.

In this interview, Dr. Ramaley discusses the issues at the forefront of her presidency in the 1990s, lessons learned from strategizing severe budget cuts that followed the passage of Measure 5 in 1990, ideas behind the new University Studies curriculum, and diversifying student and faculty demographics and creating safer and more inclusive university spaces.


Dr. Judith Ramaley is President Emerita of Portland State University (1990-1997) and is currently a Distinguished Professor of Public Service in PSU's Hatfield School of Government. She has served as president of the University of Vermont and Winona State University in Minnesota, and was a senior scholar with the National Science Foundation.

As university president, Ramaley led the initiatives that resulted in the reinvention of undergraduate curriculum at PSU and established Portland State as one of the first fully urban-serving institutions of higher education. She was president of the university at the time of the establishment of the Conflict Resolution graduate program in 1996.


This interview is part of a series of oral histories given by former and current faculty members in the Conflict Resolution program at Portland State University. In spring 2020, public history students at PSU undertook this research as the program celebrated its 25th anniversary.

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