Marianne Vydra is a part of an executive team that has guided Oregon State University Athletics into a new era that encompasses success on the fields of play, but also outside of the competitive arenas through leadership initiatives and academic programs.
She was promoted to senior associate athletic director/senior woman administrator in 2008 by then Director of Athletics Bob De Carolis. In February of 2015 CollegeAD named her one of the top 10 senior woman’s administrators in the NCAA and she served as OSU’s interim director of athletics in July of 2015.
As part of the executive team that oversees 17 sports and over 500 student-athletes, Vydra’s vast array of responsibilities include heading the senior staff strategic planning group, human resource management, student-athlete welfare (sports medicine, strength and conditioning, NCAA Life Skills, and the Leadership Institute), and is the supervisor for several men’s and women’s sports. She is the department’s liaison for Title IX/gender equity, student fees and the Athletic Advisory Council. Vydra also serves at the NCAA Certification Steward and assists with the department’s budget development.
The native of Missouri serves on numerous OSU, Pac-12 Conference and national governance committees. She currently is the chairperson for the NCAA Women’s Soccer and Softball Committees, is a member of the NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Committee and is on the President’s Commission on the Status of Women. Vydra recently served as the vice president of the executive board of the Pac-12 and has been a member of the Long Range Planning Committee, Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, the Diversity Initiative Committee, the women’s basketball tournament committee, and the league’s television committee.
Vydra has established two endowed scholarships for female student-athletes that were unveiled in 2007 during the institution's Title IX Celebration. The scholarships are in honor of former athletic director, Dr. Sylvia Moore, and former women's athletic director/track and field coach, Pat Ingram.
She came to OSU in 1992 as an academic counselor for OSU athletics and was promoted in 1996 to the director of academic services for student-athletes. In 1998, she was promoted to associate athletic director/senior woman administrator. Professionally, Vydra began her career in 1990 as an academic counselor at the University of Maine.
Vydra grew up in Springfield, Missouri and has a bachelor's degree in biology from Missouri State University in 1989. She was awarded a master's degree in education from the University of Maine in 1994. Vydra is an avid backpacker and continues to work on her solar-powered grid-tied cabin on Bull Shoals Lake near Branson, Missouri with her sisters.