Senior Advisor to the President for Strategic Initiatives
Ron Adams serves as Oregon State University’s Senior Advisor to the President for Strategic Initiatives. As a member of the university's leadership team, Dr. Adams serves as the lead on developing strategic initiatives to advance the university's strategic plan, reporting directly to the President
Dr. Adams has held a number of administrative positions at OSU including Interim Provost and Executive Vice President, Interim Vice President for Administration, Interim Vice President for Research, Executive Associate Vice President for Research, and Dean for the College of Engineering. Under Ron’s leadership the College of Engineering doubled the size of its Ph.D. program, tripled its research funding and helped spin off more than a dozen companies.
Before returning to OSU as dean after a previous stint on the faculty, Adams worked at Tektronix for more than 14 years, including serving as vice president of technology and as a senior Tektronix fellow.
Adams earned his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees from OSU and his M.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He served in the U.S. Air Force and worked at MIT Lincoln Labs before joining the OSU faculty as an assistant, and then associate professor of mechanical engineering. He took a leave from OSU to lead a team at Tektronix working on developing color printing technologies.