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Meet the 2013 Harris Society Honorees

The new Harris Society members and corporate and foundation partners recognized at the 2013 President's Dinner


Nothing short of remarkable.

That’s how Campaign for OSU co-chair Jim Rudd described Oregon State University’s momentum over the last decade as he welcomed guests to the 46th annual President’s Dinner. The November 7, 2013, celebration at the Portland Art Museum honored new members of the Milton Harris Society, a donor community of alumni, friends, private foundations, and corporate partners whose lifetime giving to the university exceeds $1 million.

In videos, students, faculty, recent alumni, and an entrepreneur described the impact 15 new Harris Society members have had on their lives – from a future elementary school teacher to a football player to a world-renowned biochemistry researcher.

"It is a pleasure to share this evening with so many people who are helping to remake Oregon State," OSU President Ed Ray told the gathering of more than 300 participants. "Your generosity, leadership, and example of service are immensely powerful."

He continued, "I have been involved in higher education a long time. And in all those years, I don't remember reading about or hearing about a university moving forward as dramatically as your university…. Above all else, it has a team of people, including the people here tonight, who are committed to seeing Oregon State become a top-ten land grant university and – even more importantly – make a top-ten difference for our students, our state and nation, and the world."

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