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In this interview, former Oregon University System Vice-Chancellor and Portland State University administrator Bill Lemman discusses his career in higher education in Oregon with Clarence Hein.

This interview was held on February 21, 2019, at the Portland State University Library.

W.T. “Bill” Lemman has been affiliated with Portland State from its inception. As a Vanport Extension Center student, he had close relationships with many faculty, including VEC founder Stephen Epler. After earning his degree in Business Administration at the University of Oregon in 1949, he returned to Vanport in 1950 as Assistant Business Manager. He returned again in 1959, eventually becoming Vice President for Business and Finance for Portland State College. As the college’s chief fiscal officer, Lemman fostered partnerships with city and federal governments to develop the downtown campus and worked to bring student housing to Portland State.

Lemman left PSU in 1974 to become Vice Chancellor of the Oregon University System and served with the office for over 15 years, including acting as interim chancellor from 1987 to 1988 and interim president of Oregon Institute of Technology from 1990 to 1991. He is an emeritus member of the Alumni Board and a founding member of the Friends of the Library. In 2004, Lemman was granted an honorary doctorate from Portland State University. This interview was recorded at the Portland State University Library on February 21, 2019.

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Business Administration, Management, and Operations | Higher Education

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Interview with Bill Lemman (2019)