The Provost's Council of Deans (PCOD) consists of the provost, the college deans, the Vice President for OSU-Cascades, with the Senior Vice Provost and the Special Assistant to the Provost attending. It serves as a venue for shared strategic thinking and collaboration on college and university-wide matters. The work of the PCOD, in collaboration with the provost’s team and other senior academic leaders of the University, is guided by a leadership ethos developed and adopted in September 2014.

Dan Arp is Reub Long Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences, Director of the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station, and Distinguished Professor of Botany and Plant Pathology. Dean Arp, who has been at Oregon State University since 1990, is a specialist in agriculturally and environmentally relevant microorganisms, nitrification, the biology of bacteria and bioremediation, and he is an affiliate of the Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing. He chaired the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology from 2004 and served as Dean of the University Honors College from 2008 to 2012. He earned his PhD in biochemistry in 1980 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his BS in chemistry in 1976 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He carried out his postdoctoral research at the University of Erlangen in Germany, where he was research director and a NATO postdoctoral fellow.

Scott Ashford is Dean of the College of Engineering and Kearney Professor of Engineering. Dean Ashford brings experience in both higher education and industry to his leadership role. After graduating from Oregon State with a degree in civil engineering, he worked in private industry for seven years — mostly with CH2M HILL — and then earned his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He started his academic career at the Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand and subsequently moved to the University of California, San Diego, earning the rank of Professor. In 2007, he became head of the School of Civil and Construction Engineering at Oregon State, where he focused on building a graduate program that enhances undergraduate education. He had previously served as the College of Engineering’s interim dean. He also earned an MS in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BS in Civil Engineering from Oregon State University.

Toni Doolen is Dean of the University Honors College, Dean of the College of Education, and Professor of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering. An expert in process improvement methodologies and innovation to improve both the social and technical aspects of organizational performance, Doolen joined OSU in 2001, following several years of experience at Hewlett-Packard Company as an engineer, senior member of technical staff and manager. She received a BS in electrical engineering and a BS in materials science and engineering from Cornell University, an MS in manufacturing systems engineering from Stanford University, and a PhD in industrial engineering from Oregon State University.

Roy Haggerty is Dean of the College of Science and Professor of Environmental Geology. He most recently served as Associate Vice President for Research and previously as Interim Dean of the College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences (CEOAS). Dean Haggerty joined the OSU faculty in 1996 and specializes in hydrology, hydrogeology and echohydrology, with his research addressing the transport of nutrients, carbon and heat in streams, nuclear waste disposal issues in the United States and Sweden, and other forms of groundwater contamination. A registered geologist in the State of Oregon, he holds a BSc with First Class Honors from the University of Alberta and an MS and PhD in Applied Earth Sciences from Stanford University.

Becky Johnson is Vice President for Oregon State University-Cascades and Professor of Forest Resources. In her role, Becky is leading the development and expansion of OSU’s first and only branch campus, and the only baccalaureate and graduate degree granting institution based in Central Oregon. She has extensive experience in academic leadership and administration. Prior to becoming Vice President for OSU-Cascades, Becky served as OSU’s Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and International Programs and as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and International Programs in OSU’s College of Forestry. Her research expertise is in the estimation of the economic value and impact of non-market resources, including recreation and tourism, fish and wildlife, and biodiversity. She received a BA in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MS and PhD in agricultural economics from Michigan State University.

Thomas Maness is the Cheryl Ramberg-Ford and Allyn C. Ford Dean of the College of Forestry, Director of the Oregon Forest Research Laboratory, and Professor of Forestry. Dean Maness worked in private industry for a decade as a Research Engineer focusing on forest planning and manufacturing optimization in sawmills. In 1994, he founded the Canadian National Centre of Excellence in Advanced Wood Processing at the University of British Columbia, and led the design and implementation of an award winning undergraduate manufacturing technology program. Working closely with industry, he conducted research in sawmill optimization and real time quality control systems. In 2004, he founded the British Columbia Forum on Forest Economics and Policy, and subsequently conducted research in forest policy, land use planning and sustainable forest management. He joined OSU’s College of Forestry in 2009 as Department Head, and was named Dean of the College in 2012. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Forest Management from West Virginia University, a master’s in Forest Operations from Virginia Tech, and a doctorate in Forest Economics from the University of Washington.

Roberta Marinelli is Dean of the College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences and Professor of Ocean Ecology and Biogeochemistry. Prior to coming to Oregon State University, she was the Executive Director of the Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Southern California, where she played a leadership role in planning and implementing an expansion of academic and research programs in environmental studies at USC’s University Park Campus and directed the Philip K. Wrigley Marine Science Center on Santa Catalina Island. Dean Marinelli also served as Director of the Antarctic Organisms and Ecosystems Program in the National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Sciences section, and she was a tenured associate professor on the faculty at the University of Maryland’s Center for Environmental Science and an assistant professor at the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography. She received her master’s and doctoral degrees in marine science from the University of South Carolina and her bachelor’s degree from Brown University.

Mitzi Montoya is Sara Hart Kimball Dean of the College of Business and Professor of Marketing. Prior to Oregon State, Dean Montoya served as Vice President and University Dean of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Arizona State University, was a Professor in the Management Department of the W.P. Carey School of Business at ASU, and served on the board of the W.P. Carey Center for Entrepreneurship. She also spent 15 years at North Carolina State University, where she held the Zelnak Chair in Marketing and Innovation in the Poole College of Management. At NC State, she founded and led the Innovation Lab, a collaborative research and education initiative involving the management, design, engineering and textiles colleges in partnership with corporate sponsors. She serves on the board of several startup ventures and advises organizations on topics related to innovation and marketing strategy. She received her PhD in Marketing and Statistics and a BS in Applied Engineering Science, both from Michigan State University.

F. Javier Nieto is Dean of the College of Public Health and Human Sciences and Professor of Public Health. An expert in cardiovascular disease epidemiology, the socio-economic determinants of health, and the epidemiology and health consequences of sleep disorders, prior to coming to OSU he served as chair and professor in the Department of Population Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, where he also held the title of Helfaer Professor of Public Health. Before joining the University of Wisconsin faculty, Nieto worked from 1991 to 2001 in a variety of capacities at The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, including serving as director of its General Epidemiology Program. Before Johns Hopkins, he was director of the Division of Primary Health Care in the Province of Segovia in Spain, where he coordinated the region’s primary health care centers. He earned his medical degree from the University of Valencia in Spain and a PhD in epidemiology from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

Larry Rodgers is Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Professor of English. Prior to joining OSU in 2008, Dean Rodgers served on the faculty of Kansas State University for nineteen years. He was head of English from 1995-2002 and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 2002-2008. He is a well-known scholar of multicultural and regional American literature. Much of his research has centered around the connection between culture and place, and he’s been especially interested in the ways that American geography defines American identity, especially as writers and artists imagine the importance of place in the context of their work. He received his PhD in English with a minor in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and he also holds a BA in English from the University of Oklahoma (1982) and an MA in English from the University of Iowa (1984).

Susan Tornquist is Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Professor of Clinical Pathology. She was in a private veterinary practice for six years before returning to academia, joined the Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine faculty in 1996, and was appointed Associate Dean for Student and Academic Affairs in 2005. Dean Tornquist continues to head a diagnostic clinical pathology lab and provides diagnostic services in addition to teaching several courses in the professional program. Her research has most recently focused on hematology, infectious, and metabolic diseases of camelids, and diagnostic techniques in a variety of animal species. She has bachelor’s degrees from Michigan State University and the University of New Mexico, an MS from the University of New Mexico, a DVM from Colorado State University and residency training and a PhD from Washington State University.

Mark Zabriskie is Dean of the College of Pharmacy and Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Natural Products in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. He is a specialist in infectious diseases, primarily the discovery and development of novel anti-infective natural products isolated from rare or extremophilic bacteria. His laboratory also investigates the biosynthesis of microbial natural products and applies this knowledge through a combination of molecular genetics and chemical methods to create analog compounds that may possess improved therapeutic properties. He received his education at the University of Utah where he obtained a BS in Chemistry and a PhD in Medicinal Chemistry. After completing postdoctoral studies at the University of Alberta, he joined the faculty of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at OSU in 1992. He directed the college’s infectious disease drug discovery program from 2005 - 2010 and was appointed Dean in September 2010.