February 24, 2022, KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – The Oregon Institute of Technology (Oregon Tech) Foundation Board welcomed a new member recently. A retired executive director of the Wendt Family Foundation, Robert (Bob) Kingzett has over 38 of experience in philanthropy and will serve on the Oregon Tech Foundation Board of Directors and the development committee.

The Oregon Tech Foundation Board of Directors is comprised of alumni, community members, and business and industry professionals. The Board counsels the Foundation in supporting educational, cultural, charitable, and service activities of Oregon Institute of Technology.

Kingzett is a native Oregonian who has lived in Klamath Falls for 42 years. In 2004, Kingzett was appointed as the first executive director of the JELD-WEN Foundation. He served over 11 years in that capacity until the JELD-WEN Foundation merged into the Wendt Family Foundation. Earlier in his career, Kingzett was CEO of the Klamath County Family YMCA and spent time as student activities director at Oregon Tech.


Kingzett has a baccalaureate degree from Oregon State University, where he served as student body president, and a master’s degree in business from Willamette University. He and his wife Linda have four adult children and 10 grandchildren, including one-year-old twins.

Recognized as a longtime Klamath Falls resident and community leader, Kingzett was nominated for the Oregon Tech Foundation by the Foundation Committee on Directors (COD). “The COD has considered Bob Kingzett as a director candidate for several years while he completed a 6-year commitment to the Wendt Family Foundation,” shared COD co-chair Jim Blair. “While in that role, Bob played an important part in the Foundation’s support for Oregon Tech, including funding the Center for Excellence in Engineering and Technology. During the past few months, Bob has played a key role in helping Oregon Tech pursue support from other Foundations in the Northwest.”

The Oregon Tech Foundation raises funds and solicits many other forms of support for the endowment, scholarships, capital projects and much more. Committed to excellence in science, technology and health professions education, the Foundation works not simply to help Oregon Tech grow but to grow with intention and in ways that foster a better education and experience for students and a brighter future for Oregon and beyond.

The Oregon Tech Foundation awarded over 300 scholarships, totaling more than $875,000, for the 2021-2022 academic year.