The provost’s senior leadership team consists of the leaders charged with overseeing the administrative units and special initiatives supporting and advancing the academic goals of the University.

Jack Barth is the Executive Director of the Marine Studies Initiative (MSI) and Professor of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences. Building on a deep history of nationally ranked academic programs, world-leading research and premier facilities in Corvallis and on the coast, MSI is pioneering a new multi-disciplinary teaching, research and engagement model to help sustain healthy oceans and ensure wellness, environmental health and economic prosperity for future generations. An expert in coastal oceanography and marine low-oxygen zones, Jack received a PhD in Oceanography in 1987 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program in Oceanography. He presently serves on the Oregon Ocean Policy Advisory Council’s Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee and co-chairs the Oregon Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia Coordinating Council. Jack is a Fellow of The Oceanography Society and the American Meteorological Society. His Administrative Assistant is Virginia Neylon.

Sherm Bloomer is the Director of Budget and Fiscal Planning, member of the Provost’s Executive Committee, and Professor of Geology and Geophysics. Reporting both to the Vice President for Finance and Administration and the Provost, Bloomer oversees development of the university’s Education and General Funds (E&G) budget, provision of University-wide fiscal planning support, development of tuition rate projections and recommendations for University senior leadership, and budget management and reporting. Prior to his current role he served as dean for the College of Science. A respected geologist with 22 years of teaching undergraduate and graduate students, Bloomer holds a BS in Geology from Rice University and a Ph.D. in Earth Sciences from the University of California at San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography. His Executive Assistant is Karren Cholewinski.

Lois Brooks is Vice Provost for Information and Technology and member of the Provost’s Executive Committee. In her role, she develops strategy and provides leadership for the effective application of information technologies, business intelligence and analytics to the instructional, research and service missions of the University. Lois is active nationally in the higher education community, and has served in leadership and governance roles with the Northwest Academic Computing Consortium, Unizin, Educause Learning Initiative and Internet2. Prior to joining OSU, she served as Director of Academic Computing at Stanford University. She co-founded the Sakai Foundation, serving on the Board of Directors and later as Executive Director. She holds MBAs from Columbia University and the University of California, Berkeley, and a BS from the University of San Francisco. Lois’ Executive Assistant is Lisa Wetherell.

Jennifer Brown is Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School, member of the Provost’s Executive Committee, and Professor of Horticulture. Jennifer collaborates with the deans to advance the University’s goals of excellence and increased national reputation in graduate education, diversity of the graduate student population, graduate student retention and success, the financial viability of graduate programs, and efficient and effective administration of graduate program applications, admissions, enrollment and tracking of student academic progress. Prior to joining the faculty at OSU, Jennifer held a joint appointment in the departments of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture and Agricultural Economics at Purdue University. Her expertise is in specialty crops and consumer behavior. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in horticulture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a PhD in horticulture from Michigan State University. Jennifer’s Executive Assistant is Kim Calder.

In her role as Special Assistant to the Provost and member of the Provost’s Executive Committee, Gigi Bruce supports the Provost on major strategic and administrative initiatives, works with senior university administrators and other colleagues across the University to make effective use of the Provost's time, coordinates agendas and oversees project management to advance the Provost's priorities, provides administrative support to senior leadership searches, and serves as administrative and business manager of the Office of the Provost. She coordinates the agenda for the Provost’s Council of Deans and collaborates with Jennifer Almquist in the Office of the President to coordinate the agenda for the University Cabinet. Gigi has a nearly 30 year career in higher education, serving two provosts and a president, and over fifteen years as a Faculty Senator.

Susan Capalbo is Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, member of the Provost’s Executive Committee, and Professor of Applied Economics. She is charged with advancing the University’s goal to attract, retain and support an academically outstanding and diverse faculty. In that capacity, she oversees the development of academic policies and procedures, University-level promotion and tenure review, faculty awards and recognition programs, diverse faculty and dual career hiring programs, faculty leadership development programs, and faculty personnel matters that rise to the University level. She is also currently responsible for the University’s accreditation, is serving as the University’s interim Senior International Officer, and coordinates with the deans and other colleagues in the recruitment of reputational faculty. In her role as Senior Vice Provost, Susan assists the Provost in developing and executing the shared work plan of the Provost’s Executive Committee, chairs the Provost’s Executive Committee and Provost’s Council of Deans in the Provost’s absence, represents the Provost at the Faculty Senate when necessary, and leads the development of the University’s next strategic plan. Susan earned her PhD in agricultural economics at the University of California-Davis, her BS and MS in resource economics at the University of Rhode Island. She is a former Head of the Department of Applied Economics at OSU and has held appointments at Montana State University and Columbia University. Susan’s Executive Assistant is Sara Daly.

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. Becky’s Executive Assistant is Shawn Taylor.

Dan Larson is Interim Vice Provost for Student Affairs and member of the Provost’s Executive Committee. Dan provides senior strategic leadership and oversight of co-curricular and extra-curricular programs designed to provide an outstanding student experience at Oregon State University and ensure student success, including co-curricular academic achievement and progress programs, student life programs and services, including fraternity and sorority life and student conduct, diversity programming and the cultural centers, student leadership and involvement programs, counseling and health services, career development, international student support services, housing and dining, recreational sports, and the student union. Dan holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Western Oregon State College (now Western Oregon University) and a master’s degree in College Student Services and Administration from Oregon State University, and has held several leadership roles at OSU, including Associate Vice Provost and Interim Dean of Student Life, Associate Vice Provost and Executive Director of University Housing and Dining Services, and Interim Director of Facilities Services. His Executive Assistant is Jen Humphreys.

Andrea McDaniel serves as the Executive Assistant to the Provost and Executive Vice President. She provides executive-level administrative support to the Provost, including facilitating all scheduling needs and requirements of the Provost, preparing the Provost’ daily agenda and itinerary, drafting talking points and remarks, coordinating special events, soliciting nominations and preparing supporting materials for the Provost’s student awards (Provost’s Literary Prize and Provost’s Purchase Award), assisting with Commencement organization and preparations, organizing the Provost’s travel, and managing the Office of the Provost webpage. She receives and responds to all invitations for the Provost’s involvement in internal and external events and meetings. Andrea served as Assistant to the Director of Admissions prior to taking her current position. She holds a BS in Animal Science from Oregon State University.

Scott Reed is Vice Provost for University Outreach and Engagement, member of the Provost’s Executive Committee, and Professor of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management. In his role, Scott directs the OSU Extension Service, providing strategic leadership and oversight of Oregon State University’s nationally regarded outreach and engagement programs, including faculty, staff and offices in every county in the state. Scott is charged with creating opportunities for Extension experts to engage with business people, growers, foresters, youth, and community leaders across Oregon then consult with OSU faculty to focus inquiry and teaching on issues important to Oregon communities. Scott has served at OSU since 1990 in various College of Forestry roles, including professor, executive associate dean and extension program leader. He holds a PhD in policy and economics from the University of Minnesota and bachelor and master of science degrees in forestry from Michigan State University. Scott’s Executive Assistant is Jackie Russell.

Susana Rivera-Mills is Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Learning Innovation, member of the Provost’s Executive Committee, and Professor of Spanish Linguistics and Diversity Advancement. In her role, she collaborates closely with the deans to advance the University’s goals to attract, recruit, educate and successfully graduate outstanding and diverse undergraduate students; to offer a distinctive mix of academically excellent and in-demand undergraduate programs, both on-campus and online; and to deliver instruction using leading edge pedagogies and technologies. In that capacity, she provides strategic leadership and oversight of Enrollment Management, the Office of Academic Programs and Assessment, Extended Campus, and the Center for Teaching and Learning, as well as cross-university curricular development and enhancement programs (the Difference, Power and Discrimination Program; the Writing Intensive Curriculum Program; and the Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and the Arts). Susana also oversees the ROTC units and is OSU’s staff liaison to the University Innovation Alliance. Her previous administrative positions at OSU include Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Executive Associate Dean in the College of Liberal Arts. She holds BA and MA degrees in Spanish Linguistics from the University of Iowa and a PhD in Romance Languages from the University of New Mexico. Susana’s Executive Assistant is Janet Ekholm.

As OSU’s Chief Compliance Officer, Clay Simmons oversees programs designed to promote and maintain the University's culture of respect and honesty, build ethics consciousness into the daily activities of faculty and staff, and maintain the University’s compliance with the law in an increasingly complex higher education regulation environment. He directs the Office of University Compliance, which supports the University in six primary areas: risk assessment, policy management, training and general education, operational support, effort coordination, and monitoring of program effectiveness. Clay is the first point of contact for faculty and staff at OSU for ethics questions and guidance. He was instrumental in developing the compliance program at the University of Texas at Austin, where he served as Deputy Director of University Compliance Services prior to joining OSU. He holds a BA and MBA from Texas A&M University and a JD from the University of Texas at Austin.  Clay’s assistant is Susie Barba.