CH2M HILL Alumni Center, Willamette Multipurpose Room
Join author and OSU president emeritus John Byrne for the debut of his new book, Undercurrents.
Byrne came to OSU in 1960 as a faculty member, later becoming department chair, dean, director of the Hatfield Marine Science Center, and vice president for Research and Graduate Studies. He took leave to serve as administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and returned to OSU in 1984 as its twelfth president.
While focusing on his professional career, Byrne’s memoir also shares personal stories of a childhood and youth shaped by the Great Depression and World War II. Undercurrents demonstrates on every page the curiosity, intellect, and humanity that made John Byrne successful as a scientist, educator, and administrator. Anyone pursuing a career in science or academia, and anyone interested in the history and legacy of land grant universities will welcome this richly detailed and warmly written account.