Chris Edwards joined the University of Oregon in December of 2016. Prior to joining the UO, Edwards served for a decade in the Oregon Legislature, the last seven years, of which were in the Oregon Senate. In the senate he chaired the Senate Committee on the Environment and Natural Resources and also spent five years on the Ways and Means Committee and the Education Sub-Committee of Ways and Means. Edwards also brings to the team, significant private sector experience in manufacturing, sales, and international trade. For the Knight Campus initiative, Edwards will focus on connecting external stakeholders with the University throughout design, construction, and subsequent economic development efforts.