Interim Provost and Executive Vice President
Ron Adams serves as Oregon State University’s Interim Provost and Executive Vice President. As the University’s second ranking administrator, Dr. Adams serves as the chief operating officer and chief academic officer, reporting directly to the President.
As the chief academic officer, the Provost/Executive Vice President provides intellectual leadership to the entire university. The responsibility includes oversight of functions that enable success of the academic enterprise, including faculty and student services, information technology services, research and graduate program administration, and activities and services related to extension and distance and continuing education. The Provost works closely with the Vice President for Research to advance the university’s research agenda and to bring a research experience to undergraduate and graduate education throughout the university. The Provost serves as liaison to the OSU Faculty Senate and is responsible for maintaining liaison relationships with academic officers of other public universities within Oregon, Oregon community colleges, and independent higher education institutions in Oregon and throughout the nation.
As the chief operating officer, the Provost is responsible for the university’s budget planning and for continuing the development and implementation of the University’s strategic plan. The Provost serves as the Chief Executive Officer of OSU in the absence of the President.
Dr. Adams has held a number of administrative positions at OSU including 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.