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 and technology services, research and graduate program administration, the university's global diversity and internationalization agenda, Statewide Public Service Programs (Agricultural Experiment Station, Forest Research Laboratory, and the OSU Extension Service) and activities related to 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 and infrastructure 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.  He holds a B.S. in chemical engineering and a M.S. and Ph.D. in industrial engineering.

Adams earned his bachelor’s and doctoral degrees from OSU and his master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Before joining the OSU faculty, he served in the U.S. Air Force and worked at MIT Lincoln Labs. Adams took a leave from OSU to lead a team at Tektronix working on developing and commercializing color printing technologies. Adams worked at Tektronix for more than 14 years, including serving as vice president of technology and as a senior Tektronix fellow.

Reporting directly to the Provost are:

  • Deans of eleven academic colleges, the Graduate School and the University Honors College
  • Vice Provosts for Academic Affairs, Information Services, International Programs, Student Affairs, Undergraduate Studies and University Outreach and Engagement
  • Associate Provosts for Enrollment Management and Extended Campus
  • Chief Compliance Officer
  • Vice President for OSU-Cascades Campus