#ELGL14 Speaker Bios: Managing a College Town

Posted on September 16, 2014

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Check out the great panel we have for our session on Managing a College Town and the relationship between a city and an educational institution!

Jon Ruiz, City Manager, Eugene, ORlobster

Bio: CEO of 1500 person organization, professional adviser to mayor and 8 elected council members, ambassador in the community

First paying job: Cook at seafood restaurant

Soundtrack of your life: Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) by Hillsong United

Book you are currently reading: Boys in the Boat


Jim Patterson, Former City Manager, Corvallis, OR; Oregon State University

Bio: Former City Manager in Sherwood Oregon and Corvallis, home to Oregon State University. Led the effort with the City of Corvallis and Oregon State University called Collaboration Corvallis. The focus of the effort was to deal with the explosive growth of OSU and the impact on neighborhood livability, neighborhood traffic and parking, and neighborhood planning.

beaversfansFirst paying job: Radio Personality

Soundtrack of your life: The OSU Fight Song – OSU Marching Band

Book you are currently reading: The Bible and Donor Centered Fundraising

Anything else: Go Beavers!

Michael Sykes, City Manager, Forest Grove, OROptimism

Bio: My job can be described as being where the buck starts and stops. I spend a great deal of time Coaching/troubleshooting with staff on projects and issues. I also find a key role of my position is delegating assignments to key staff and monitoring progress. Making sure goals and objectives are completed is also a critical function.

First paying job: Fred Luttrell Farms, strawberry picker

Soundtrack of your life: Here Comes the Sun, The Beatles

Book you are currently reading: Sustainability,  Dr. Cooper

Anything else: I’m an eternal optimist.


MODERATOR: Randy Ealy, Chief Administrative Officer, Beaverton, OR

Bio: Alongside Mayor Doyle and our Department Head team, implement the goals and objectives established by Mayor Doyle and the Beaverton City Council.

quote-Colin-PowellFirst paying job: $5.00 per hour….construction (1984)

Soundtrack of your life: “Old Man” by Neil Young

Book you are currently reading: The Leadership of Colin Powell

Anything else: My family is my hobby….:)

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