The Board of Trustees of the University of Oregon

What is a trustee?

Trustees—members of the UO’s governing board—are public officials who hold a fiduciary responsibility for the university. Fiduciary responsibility is often thought of as financial management, but it is much more than that. It is about overall management, oversight, and sustainability of the institution. Trustees are not compensated for their work on the board.

Chuck Lillis PhD '72, Board Chair

Chuck Lillis is a native of Overland Park, Kan., and the first in his middle-class family to attend college. He received his bachelor's degree and his master's degree in business administration from the University of Washington, and his doctorate in 1972 from the UO's Lundquist College of Business.

Ginevra Ralph '83 MA '85, Board Vice Chair

Ginevra Ralph, a University of Oregon alumna, received her bachelor's degree in history with distinction from the Honors College in 1983, Phi Beta Kappa, and her master's degree in special education in 1985.

Marcia Aaron ‘86

Marcia Aaron is the Founder and former CEO of KIPP SoCal Public Schools. In January 2022, she will join Charter School Growth Fund as a Portfolio Investment Partner. Ms. Aaron was the founding Board Chair of KIPP LA Public Schools, the predecessor to KIPP SoCal, and the Board Chair of KIPP Academy of Opportunity, prior to becoming the Founding Executive Director of KIPP LA.

Tim Boyle '71

Tim Boyle, a native Oregonian, is the Chairman, President & CEO of Columbia Sportswear Company – one of the world’s largest outdoor and active lifestyle apparel and footwear companies.  An alumnus of Portland, Oregon's Jesuit High School (1967), he graduated from the University of Oregon in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism.

Renée Evans Jackman ‘97

Renée Evans Jackman is the grants management officer at the DC Department of Behavioral Health overseeing the overall execution of grants management efforts. Prior to her work at the Department of Behavioral Health, Evans Jackman served in the Office of the State Superintendent of Education as the Director of Fiscal Operations and Grants Management, and as the Director of Public Charter School Financing and Support.

Toya Fick

Toya Fick is the Oregon Executive Director of Stand for Children. In 2005, Fick began to use her teaching experience to advise former Senator Hilary Rodham Clinton on education policy. Here, she authored legislation that provides support for low-income students throughout the country.

Steve Holwerda

Steve Holwerda, CFA, is a principal owner and managing director for Ferguson Wellman Capital Management.  Before joining the firm in 1989, he served as a regional director for the University of Oregon athletic department, and a national director for the NCAA Volunteers for Youth.

Elisa M. deCastro Hornecker ’82

A life-long Oregonian, Elisa deCastro Hornecker graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Studies and Political Science.

Ross Kari '80 MBA '83

Ross Kari is a native Oregonian who received his bachelor's degree in mathematics and his master's degree in business administration from the University of Oregon.

Julia Lo, Student

Julia Lo is the student member of the board of trustees. She is a junior at the Clark Honors College, majoring in biology and minoring in business administration. On campus, Lo is currently the Vice President of Foundation for her sorority, Delta Gama, Alpha Delta chapter.

Ed Madison PhD ’12, Faculty

Ed Madison, PhD, is a University of Oregon alumnus (Communication & Society ’12). Madison’s multifaceted career in media and journalism began as a high school intern at the Washington Post-owned CBS television affiliate in Washington, DC.

Jimmy Murray, Non-Faculty Staff

Jimmy Murray is the technology specialist and student coordinator for the UO’s Mathematics Library and the Allan Price Science Commons and Research Library. In this role, he trains, mentors, and oversees the work of student employees; supports the DeArmond Makerspace; and develops training programs.

Connie Seeley '92

Connie Seeley is a native Oregonian, who graduated from the University of Oregon with a bachelor’s degree in political science. She has over twenty years of experience in the public sector spanning organizational governance, administration, governmental relations, public affairs, crisis communications, and Board relations.

Michael Schill, Ex Officio

Ex Officio Member

The Board of Trustees introduced Michael H. Schill as the 18th president of the University of Oregon on April 14, 2015. He began his tenure on July 1, 2015. Before becoming the UO president, Schill served as the dean and Harry N. Wyatt Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School.

Dennis Worden ‘06

Dennis Worden, member of the Coeur d’ Alene tribe, graduated from the University of Oregon with a bachelor’s degree in geography in 2006. After graduating, Worden worked as a staffer for Congressman David Wu, where he created a resolution commemorating the 50th anniversary of Celilo Falls’ flooding and the impact it had on Tribes.