About

Office of Private Postsecondary Education

The Office of Private Postsecondary Education oversees the quality, integrity, and diversity of private postsecondary programs in Oregon for the benefit of students and consumers. The office includes: the Office of Degree Authorization, which authorizes private degree-granting institutions and distance education providers; the Private Career Schools unit which licenses and supports private career and trade schools; and The State Approving Agency (SAA) for Veterans Education which provides oversight of programs for veterans.

For comprehensive information on our work, see:

Our office is led by:

  • Juan Baez-Arevalo, Director
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Office of Private Postsecondary Education

NamePositionContact Info
ADDRESS 255 Capitol Street NE, 3rd Floor Salem, OR 97310
Juan Baez-ArevaloDirector, Private Postsecondary Education503-947-5977
juan.baez-arevalo@state.or.us
Erin Berkshire Office Specialist*503-947-5716
erin.berkshire@state.or.us
Karyn ChambersAcademic Program Specialist503-947-5773
karyn.chambers@state.or.us
Lisa ChandlerOffice Specialist503-947-5716
lisa.chandler@state.or.us
Rebecca FullerCompliance Specialist*503-947-5751
rebecca.fuller@state.or.us
Yolonda GarciaCompliance Specialist*503-947-2452
yolonda.n.garcia@state.or.us
Peter GertenrichAcademic Program Specialist503-947-5719
peter.gertenrich@state.or.us
Barbara ZealVeterans Education Specialist503-947-5727
barbara.zeal@state.or.us
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​​​​​​​​​​​​* An asterisk indicates a position that is either temporary, limited duration, or a job rotation.​​​