Featured Speakers


Frances Bronet

Frances Bronet


Frances Bronet is senior vice president and provost at Illinois Institute of Technology.  Previously, she served as acting provost at the University of Oregon where she was also Distinguished Professor, Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, and a professor of architecture. She also served as dean of the School of Architecture and Allied Arts at Oregon from 2005 to 2014. This school is the home to UO’s Planning, Public Policy and Management, Architecture, Landscape Architecture and related departments, from which many local city and university staff working on town and gown issues have graduated.

Bronet holds degrees in architecture and engineering from McGill University. She was licensed by the Ordre des Architectes du Quebec in 1982, practicing in multiple offices, including her own, in Montreal. Her graduate degree in architecture is from Columbia University. Prior to coming to Oregon, Bronet was a professor and associate as well as acting dean of architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) while continuing design consulting in New York.

Bronet’s opening remarks will draw from her experiences cultivating university and city partnerships in a variety of urban and suburban settings. She has worked with and served on various boards of non-profits addressing housing, education, and community design in Montreal, New York State and Chicago.  She has worked most recently with the Mayor’s office in Chicago, America’s Urban Campus, and the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning promoting renewable communities, encouraging economic development, policy and public engagement.


Edward J. Ray

Edward J.Ray


Dr. Edward J. Ray became the 14th president of Oregon State University in July 2003, and is the longest-serving president among Oregon’s seven public universities.
Under his leadership, OSU has been guided by a university-wide strategic plan that has seen the university grow its enrollment to nearly 32,000 students and its extend its service throughout the state, nation and world. Oregon State’s annual research awards and contracts totaled a record $336 million in fiscal year 2016.
OSU has campuses in Corvallis, Bend and Newport and has offices, research centers and extension program centers in all of Oregon’s 36 counties.
In response to enrollment growth at OSU’s Corvallis campus, President Ray and the Corvallis City Council launched Collaboration Corvallis in 2012. This effort was initiated to mutually study and address issues and opportunities regarding parking, traffic, code enforcement, infill design, rental code matters, housing on and off campus, and other important issues. Town and Gown efforts continue in Corvallis and have been expanded to engage Oregon State and the communities of Bend and Newport.
President Ray will speak about these efforts, and other town and gown issues that municipalities and universities and colleges address.
Before coming to Oregon State, Dr. Ray was a member of the economics faculty at Ohio State University from 1970 to 2003. At Ohio State, he also served as executive vice president and provost. Dr. Ray graduated cum laude with an undergraduate degree in mathematics from Queens College. He earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in economics from Stanford University and holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Portland.

Vin Lananna

Vin Lananna


One of the world’s foremost visionaries in the sport of track and field, Vin Lananna has had a long and storied career that has seen unprecedented success as a coach, administrator, organizer and leader. Lananna currently serves as president of TrackTown USA and Associate Athletic Director for Olympic Development at the University of Oregon. In December, he became the President of USA Track and Field. He also served as head coach of the U.S. men’s track and field team for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, where Team USA brought home a record number of medals.

Over the past decade, Lananna has helped redefine the U.S. Olympic Trials experience for both fans and athletes at Historic Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus. He’s also built Oregon into one of the most dominant track and field programs in the country and ushered in a new era of broadcast coverage for the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships with a new competition format. He welcomed the International Association of Athletics Federations, the world governing body for track and field, to this country by hosting the IAAF World Junior Championships in the summer of 2014, the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Portland this past March, and for the first time in history, the 2021 IAAF World Championships.

Not content to simply host events, Lananna has worked tirelessly to grow the sport of track and field in this country by creating a supportive environment for elite athletic performances, promoting community health and fitness initiatives, engaging youth with numerous learning and competitive opportunities, and establishing leading practices in hosting sustainable sporting events.