On June 16, Oregon Institute of Technology will hold its 71st annual commencement ceremony in Klamath Falls at Oregon Tech’s John F. Moehl Stadium.
President and CEO of Pacific Power, Stefan Bird, will deliver the keynote address, as nearly 800 students and their families celebrate graduation from the university.
Operating as Pacific Power in Oregon, Washington and California, and as Rocky Mountain Power in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho, PacifiCorp serves approximately 1.9 million customers in six states.
Since joining the company in 2007, Bird has spearheaded PacifiCorp’s transition to a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy future. In addition to overseeing Pacific Power’s distribution, customer solutions, regulation, legal and government affairs teams, Bird oversees several departments that serve PacifiCorp’s wholesale and retail customers across six states.
Before his current position, Bird served as PacifiCorp senior vice president, commercial and trading; CalEnergy Generation U.S. president and CEO; Berkshire Hathaway Energy vice president, development and acquisitions; and in his early career served in various energy and financial sector positions across the United States, and as an expatriate based in Europe, Mexico and South America.
Bird serves on the boards of several nonprofit or service organizations including as chairman, PacifiCorp Foundation; chairman, Oregon CTE-STEM Employer Coalition; director, Oregon Business Council; member of board of trustees, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry; and as a member on the Governor’s Wildfire Response Council.
Bird holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Kansas State University. He lives in Portland with his wife Valerie and their two children.
Oregon Tech’s Portland-Metro campus ceremony will be held Sunday, June 16 with keynote speaker Maria Pope, President and CEO of Portland General Electric; and Oregon Tech’s Seattle (Boeing) campus ceremony will take place Tuesday, June 18 with keynote speaker Mike Starr, vertical leader of actuation of Boeing Global Services.