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Town-Gown Effort Brings New Hires To Oregon State University

Oregon State University is spending a third of a million dollars a year on new positions aimed at mending relations with campus neighbors.

The Corvallis Gazette-Times reports that the final hire is 32-year-old Jonathan Stoll, who worked most recently in the diversity office at California State University, East Bay.

University documents call his role “community relations director” or “community outreach director.”

An effort called Collaboration Corvallis is trying to improve relations among the school, students and the community around it over issues such as parking and partying.

University Vice President Steve Clark said Stoll is the third staff member hired. Others are in student conduct and Greek life. Clark says that including two graduate research assistants, the school is spending $340,000 a year on the positions.

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