Portland State picks acting president, raises tuition

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Board of Trustees at Portland State University have appointed an acting president to replace Rahmat Shoureshi, who resigned Friday after 21 months on the job.

Oregon Public Broadcasting reports the board gave the temporary assignment to Stephen Percy, dean of the College of Urban and Public Affairs. He’s been at PSU for five years.

He replaces Shoureshi, who cited the need to spend more time with family as his reason for stepping down. But over the last month, the Board of Trustees received the results of an internal audit on Shoureshi, and have looked closely into his fiscal choices.

Board members also voted Monday to approve an 11% tuition increase for next year. During public comment at the meeting, students talked about the impact increased tuition would have on their lives.