Downtime with Stephen Percy

Jason E. Kaplan
Stephen Percy, interim president of Portland State University

What does the interim president of Portland State University do on his time off?

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What I am reading
The New Education by Cathy Davidson

Must-have gadget
KitchenAid stand mixer

What I am watching
“The Crown”

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When I am not working
Gardening, travel,cooking

Favorite family tradition
Beef fondue for Christmas Eve and celebrating holiday meals with family.

Business role model
Judith Ramaley, PSU president emerita, whose extensive experience as president of three universities and whose leadership of the National Science Foundation provided a powerful knowledge base as a leader of PSU.

Favorite place to vacation
Anywhere with an ocean beach. I particularly enjoy the Oregon coast and the New England coast for its wonderful lobster.

Fondest memory growing up
Summers on the St. Lawrence River at a family cottage. We enjoyed long days on the dock, swimming, catching fish and watching the seaway traffic going by.

Professional ambitions
Leading a university that transforms students’ lives and opportunities. Being an effective leader who recognizes and advances the talents of others.

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