Attorney & Partner, Black Helterline LLP
James M. Baumgartner, alumnus of Western Oregon University, currently presides as chair for the WOU Board of Trustees and served from 2012 – 2014 on the WOU Foundation Board. He served on the Executive Committee of the Oregon Consular Corps for five years, serving as dean in 2008, and was appointed as the Honorary Consul of Canada in Oregon in 2005. He continues a 28-year partnership with the law firm of Black Helterline LLP in Portland, serving as its managing partner from 2001-05. Baumgartner has also been nominated to the State Board of Higher Education, which for the remainder of this academic year will provide governance to the four technical and regional universities of Oregon. Baumgartner obtained a bachelor’s degree from WOU and a J.D. from Willamette University College of Law.