To: Oregon State University faculty and staff

From: Edward Feser, Provost and Executive Vice President

13 May 2019

Dear OSU students, faculty and staff,

It is my pleasure to inform you that Dan Larson will begin his appointment as vice provost for student affairs effective immediately.

Dan began serving as the interim vice provost for student affairs at Oregon State University in September 2017. As vice provost, Dan leads the university’s efforts to provide an enriching co-curricular student experience through residential life, counseling and health services, recreational sports, dining, diversity and cultural engagement, student leadership and involvement programs, student life programs and services, the student union, career development, youth safety and compliance, academic achievement programs, and international support services.

During his time in the interim role, Dan has guided this large and complex division to support students in their holistic development and educational persistence to degree completion, and in their preparation and advancement to career or graduate education. He led the establishment of a Division of Student Affairs engagement plan that includes a leadership institute for aspiring student affairs leaders, and he co-chaired the Undergraduate Student Success Steering Committee, bringing greater attention to the importance of faculty and academic units, as well as curricula, as core contributors to undergraduate student success.

Dan contributes to OSU’s leadership as a member of the Provost’s Senior Leadership Team and University Cabinet. Prior to his interim role as vice provost, Dan served as the associate vice provost and interim dean of student life, and associate vice provost and executive director of University Housing and Dining Services. Dan joined OSU in 1996 as a graduate student in the College Student Services Administration program, beginning his professional employment at OSU in 2000 as the manager of Housing Services.  

Dan’s experience and expertise spans student success and achievement, facilities, capital planning, finance, operations, crisis management, risk and compliance, and administrative functions. He has a strong record of positive impact at OSU and is a proven leader and contributor to university-wide initiatives and priorities.

Please join me in congratulating Dan on his appointment as vice provost for student affairs and thanking the search committee, chaired by Charlene Alexander, for bringing such a strong slate of finalists to meet with the campus community.


Edward Feser
Provost and Executive Vice President