Portland State names Rahmat Shoureshi as next president

Portland State names Rahmat Shoureshi as next president

The Portland State University governing board appointed Rahmat Shoureshi to serve as the school's ninth president.

Shoureshi will succeed Wim Wiewel, who will step down at the end of this school year but remain on the faculty. He arrived at the school in 2008.

"I'm just thrilled with the selection the board is making," Wiewel said, adding to Shoureshi, "I look forward to working with you, and I certainly pledge my full support."

Shoureshi most recently served as the interim president of New York Institute of Technology.

In his new position, he will be paid a base salary of $599,988, comprising $260,700 paid by the university and $339,288 paid by the Portland State University Foundation. His five-year contract begins Aug. 14.

The 64-year-old started as the provost and head of academics at the New York school in 2011 and was appointed to the interim role in January.

According to his bio, Shoureshi worked as dean of the engineering and computer sciences school at the University of Denver for eight years before moving to New York.

The engineer has a Ph.D. and master's degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is an expert in robotics and other engineering fields.