State Senate approves three for positions on UO board

The University of Oregon Board of Trustees has three new members after the Oregon Senate approved Gov. Tina Kotek’s nominees to fill a trio of vacancies on the board.

Amy C. Tykeson and Andy Storment fill at-large positions on the board, and Ruby Wool is the new student trustee.

From left: Andy Storment, Amy Tykeson and Ruby Wool
From left: Andy Storment, Amy Tykeson and Ruby Wool

Senators confirmed the nominees at the legislative session that concluded June 25 after Kotek nominated them to the board earlier this year. Terms for each of the nominees began July 1. Tykeson’s and Storment’s terms run through June 30, 2027, while Wool’s term ends June 30, 2025.

Tykeson and Storment succeed board Chair Ginevra Ralph and Ross Kari, trustees who stepped down when their terms came to a close in June. Both were appointed to the board when it was formed in 2013.

Wool succeeds Julia Lo, a senior in the Clark Honors College who stepped down upon her graduation.

In addition to approval of the new trustees, the Senate confirmed the reappointment of current trustees Steve Holwerda, Connie Seeley and Elisa Hornecker and faculty member Ed Madison.

Tykeson is the managing trustee of the Tykeson Family Foundation and earned her bachelor’s and MBA from the UO. Tykeson has an extensive background in the telecommunications industry, including as president and CEO of BendBroadband, a Central Oregon-based, family-owned cable and broadband company.

Storment, the managing director of McKenzie Capital in Eugene and a UO alumnus, currently serves as a director on the board of Summit Bank in Eugene, of which he was also a founder; The Ford Family Foundation in Roseburg; Eugene-based Jerry’s Home Improvement Centers; and Stahlbush Island Farms.

Wool is a sophomore and Stamps Scholar in the Clark Honors College. Wool, who went to high school in Burlington, Vermont, is involved in several student organizations on campus, including the UO club tennis team, where she serves as vice president; the Daily Emerald; Duckcorps; and Warsaw Sports Business Club.

The board’s next quarterly meeting is in September.