Western Oregon University Board of Trustees Chair
Retired Oregon Legislator
Representative Betty Komp currently presides as chair of the Western Oregon University Board of Trustees. Rep. Komp first became connected with WOU in her mid-30s when she was looking for a life change and decided to attend college. She transferred from Chemeketa Community College to Western and earned a bachelor’s degree in 1990. She began teaching at Woodburn High School and later earned a master’s to become an education administrator. Frustrated by federal education mandates, Komp decided to run for public office 12 years ago and won a seat in Oregon’s House of Representatives. Komp joined WOU’s Board of Trustees in January 2017 after retiring from her position in public office.