Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer
Dr. Charlene Alexander joined OSU in June 2017 as vice president and chief diversity officer. Alexander came to OSU from Ball State University where she served as associate provost for diversity and interim associate vice president for community engagement since 2013. Under her leadership, Oregon State has developed its first Diversity Strategic Plan that affirms the university’s dedication to diversity and inclusion and to ensuring that diversity is an integral part of the university’s identity. Her efforts led OSU to receive the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award in 2018 and 2019. Alexander received her undergraduate and master’s degrees from Creighton University and completed her doctorate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Department Head, Environmental and Molecular Toxicology
Dr. Kim Anderson is a professor and head of the Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology at Oregon State University. She directs the Food Safety and Environmental Stewardship Program at OSU. She is the 2016 OSU Alumni Distinguished Professor and the recipient of the OSU 2017 Innovator of the Year award. Anderson holds 5 patents. She was a member of the Gulf Research Advisory Council for the National Academies of Science and has served on the board of directors for both North America and World Council for the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. Anderson is a Project and Core leader in the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Superfund Research Program at Oregon State University. Anderson has been developing passive samplers since 1999, and in 2008 developed the personal silicone wristband sampler technology to measure an individual chemical exposure. She is also a founding member of MyExposome, Inc., an early stage start-up company focusing on innovative technologies for monitoring individual environmental exposure with passive monitoring devices. Anderson earned a bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of Oregon, a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Boise State University, and a doctorate degree from Washington State University.
Interim Vice Provost for Outreach and Engagement, Director of the Extension Service
Dr. Anita Azarenko was appointed interim vice provost for the Division of University Outreach and Engagement and director of the OSU Extension Service in July 2019. Azarenko began her career at OSU in 1986 as an assistant professor of horticulture in the College of Agricultural Sciences (CAS). She became a full professor in 1997 and served as the department head of Horticulture from 2003 to 2012. She was recognized for her leadership skills with the CAS Roy Arnold Leadership Award, Women’s Leadership through Science Award, and Award for Excellence in Organic Policy Leadership. In 2012, she joined the Graduate School where she served as associate dean. From September 2015 to July 2016, Azarenko provided leadership and management of the Capital Planning and Development unit in the Division of Finance and Administration as the special assistant to the vice president, and in August 2016 she assumed the role of associate vice president for University Facilities, Infrastructure and Operations.
Vice President and Director of Athletics
Scott Barnes arrived at OSU in February 2017, bringing with him a wealth of intercollegiate sports leadership at the NCAA Division I level. As vice president and director of intercollegiate athletics, Barnes oversees 17 athletic sports programs encompassing 500+ student-athletes at the Pac-12 Conference level. Barnes is a member of several national and conference governing bodies and formerly held the prestigious role as Committee Chair for the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament. He has made numerous strategic, coaching and staff appointments during his OSU tenure, and led the creation of the “Build the Dam” strategic plan, OSU Athletics’ first-ever strategic plan to Build Excellent Authentic Visionary Student-Athletes. Under his direction, OSU student-athletes have achieved record results academically, been highly active in community service endeavors locally and internationally and have prospered on the fields of play.
Executive Associate Dean, College of Engineering
Dr. Belinda Batten currently serves as executive associate dean for OSU’s College of Engineering. Prior to her current role, Batten was director of the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center. She served as head of mechanical engineering at Oregon State beginning in 2003 before also becoming head of industrial engineering in 2006. In 2007, she formed and served as head of the School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering until 2011. As a professor of mechanical engineering, Batten is internationally renowned for research in modeling and control of distributed parameter systems and development of computational algorithms for reduced order controllers. Her research has been funded by DARPA, U.S. Department of Defense, National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Energy. Batten earned her bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Maryland and her doctorate from Clemson University.
Project Coordinator, University Events
Shari Brumbach is a project coordinator in the office of University Events within University Relations and Marketing. For the past five years Brumbach has worked diligently to plan and execute high level events for the Office of the President and with departments to put on their signature events. A graduate of OSU’s College of Liberal Arts, Brumbach can approach issues from both the staff and student perspective. Before returning to Oregon State, Brumbach worked for more than nine years in the Washington and Oregon wine industries overseeing all hospitality and guest experiences, winery events and club and high-level guest retention. A new fraternity resident advisor, she values time spent mentoring, advising and encouraging students to meet and exceed their goals for the future.
Associate Professor in the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion
Dr. Marisa Chappell is an associate professor of history in the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion in OSU’s College of Liberal Arts. She specializes in 20th-century U.S. history with a particular focus on politics, social policy, and the political economy of race and gender. She has published two books and several articles on the topics of welfare, women’s poverty, and feminist politics. Chappell’s current research interest is community organizing and grassroots campaigns for economic justice after the 1960s. Chappell received her bachelor’s from Emory University and her doctorate from Northwestern University and taught at the University of California, San Diego and the University of Georgia as a postdoctoral fellow before joining OSU in 2005.
Director of the Hatfield Marine Science Center
Starting in 2013, Dr. Bob Cowen began serving as director of Hatfield Marine Science Center, OSU’s distinguished marine laboratory located in Newport, Oregon. Previously, he was the Robert C. Maytag Chair of Ichthyology at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and the associate dean for research. He served on the faculty at the University of Miami since 1998, and before that he was a member of the faculty of The State University of New York at Stony Brook. Cowen has extensive experience in marine science, including coastal fish ecology, fishery oceanography, larval transport, and marine organism population connectivity from both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. His additional expertise in marine education has served the Hatfield Marine Science Center in the development of an expanded marine science curriculum and in support of the center’s research and outreach endeavors. He received his doctorate from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego, California.
Past Chair, OSU Foundation Board of Trustees
Jon DeVaan has served on the OSU Foundation Board of Trustees since 2005, and he was chair of the board from July 2015 to 2017. He is a member of the OSU Foundation’s Compensation and Talent Management Committee and the Campaign Strategy Committee. He served on the College of Science Board of Visitors from 2003 to 2012. DeVaan received the Alumni Fellow award from the OSU Alumni Association in 2002, was inducted into the College of Engineering Academy of Distinguished Engineers in 2003 and the Engineering Hall of Fame in 2016. He received an Honorary Doctorate at OSU’s June 2011 graduation ceremony where he gave the commencement address. DeVaan retired from Microsoft as corporate vice president of Windows Development in December 2013. He joined Microsoft in 1985 and held a variety of executive and management positions at Microsoft from 1999 until his retirement, most notably as a senior leader of Microsoft’s Office and Windows businesses. DeVaan graduated from OSU with bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and computer science.
Senior Instructor and Public Health Undergraduate Internship Coordinator
Dr. Karen Elliott has been a senior instructor I and instructor and undergraduate internship coordinator since 2007 in OSU’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences. Elliott also currently serves as the interim Master of Public Health internship coordinator. She teaches experiential learning-related courses at the undergraduate level and is involved in many different community and university committees and projects focused on experiential learning. Elliott’s interests focus on community organization, experiential learning, and workforce preparedness.
Vice President for Finance and Administration, Chief Financial Officer
Vice President for Finance and Administration Mike Green is the chief financial officer of the university providing leadership, oversight, and stewardship for all aspects of the university's administrative resources and services. A certified public accountant, Green is responsible for overseeing finance divisions, including accounting and analysis, business centers, business affairs, capital and self-support budget management, purchasing, contracting and materials management, and human resources. He joined OSU in 2014 as associate vice president for finance and administration, leading the controllership, business affairs, and treasury management functions. Prior to his tenure at OSU, Green had 23 years of experience at the Oregon University System, beginning in the internal audit division and moving to the position of associate vice chancellor for finance and administration/controller. Green is an ex officio member of the Board of Trustees’ Finance & Administration Committee and serves as the institutional representative on finance and administrative matters to the Oregon public universities’ council of vice presidents of finance and administration. He holds a bachelor’s in business and accounting from Oregon State University.
CEO at Grace-Bio Labs; OSU-Cascades Advocacy and Advisory Board Member
Lisa Hale is the CEO at Grace Bio-Labs in Bend, Oregon and was appointed in 2017 to the OSU-Cascades Advocacy and Advisory Board, serving on its Advocacy and Development Committee. Prior to joining Grace Bio-Labs, Hale led commercial operations for the Bio Sciences Division of Thermo Fisher Scientific. Hale has 25 years of commercial experience in the biotechnology sector. As an original commercial employee of Invitrogen, she developed and executed commercial strategies from IPO offering through 31 mergers and acquisitions successfully driving revenue growth for Life Technologies with Thermo Fisher Scientific. Hale spearheaded the Grace Bio-Labs Women in STEM Scholarship Fund, which helps students overcome financial obstacles and achieve a bachelor’s degree from OSU-Cascades.
President of Linn-Benton Community College
Dr. Greg Hamann is currently serving Linn-Benton Community College (LBCC) as its sixth president, a position he has held since February 2010. At LBCC, Hamann is actively leading the campus in turning their historically strong commitment to student access into an equally strong commitment to student success and completion, doing so with promising results by engaging with the LBCC community as well as with other colleges and state and national initiatives like Win-Win, Foundations of Excellence and Achieving the Dream. Recently, LBCC’s commitment to and progress in supporting student success was nationally recognized as part of a select group of 30 community colleges nationwide to participate in and pilot the American Association of Community College’s Pathways Initiative, a collaboration by national leaders organizations in higher education to substantially improve student completion rates. Hamann also serves as an adjunct instructor in OSU’s College of Education’s doctoral program. Hamann earned bachelor’s degrees from the University of Minnesota, a master’s degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a doctorate from Gonzaga University.
Department Head, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Dr. Selina Heppell is professor of marine fisheries ecology and head of the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife in OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences. Heppell is a conservation biologist with expertise in population modeling and marine conservation. Her research generally focuses on how populations respond to perturbations. Heppell has served as chair of the Ecosystem Management Subcommittee for the Science and Statistical Committee of the Pacific Fishery Management Council and regularly serves on advisory teams for marine conservation projects, including a National Research Council review of sea turtle assessment methods and the Lenfest Forage Fish Task Force. She has a bachelor’s in zoology from University of Washington, a master’s in zoology from North Carolina State University, and a doctorate in zoology from Duke University in 1998. She currently serves on the Faculty Senate Executive Committee.
Commissioner, Lincoln County
Kaety Jacobson was elected as a Lincoln County Commissioner in May 2018 and took office in January 2019. She was born and raised in Lincoln County in a commercial fishing family. She spent 16 years working for the OSU Extension Program and Oregon Sea Grant, working with the commercial fishing industry, scientists, policy makers, and the coastal community at large on a variety of fisheries and coastal resource issues. In her new role with the Board of Commissioners, Jacobson has joined a number of committees, including the Tide Gate Steering Committee, Oregon Coastal Zone Management Association, and the Council of Forest Trust Land. She has a bachelor’s degree from OSU in natural resources and a master’s degree from Nova Southeastern University in coastal zone management.
Vice President, OSU-Cascades
Dr. Becky Johnson has served as vice president for OSU-Cascades since 2009. In this role, she has focused on growing enrollments and academic programs at OSU-Cascades and on strengthening connections between the university and the community. Prior to this position, Johnson built a nearly 25-year career at OSU in Corvallis, first as a professor in the College of Forestry and, most recently, as vice provost for academic affairs and international programs. She received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and master’s and doctorate degrees in agricultural economics from Michigan State University.
Office Coordinator, Office of Equal Opportunity & Access
Marnie Johnson is the executive support specialist for OSU’s Office of Equal Opportunity and Access (EOA). Johnson joined EOA in 2016. Prior to her position at EOA, she worked as an executive assistant at Levi Strauss for seven years. Johnson has a passion for providing great customer service.
Distinguished Professor of Chemistry
Dr. Doug Keszler is director of the Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry, a National Science Foundation Center for Chemical Innovation, associate dean for research and graduate studies in OSU’s College of Science, and OSU Distinguished Professor. His research is focused on new chemistry approaches to optimizing materials performance, processing, and manufacturing for electronics and clean energy applications. As co-founder of Inpria and nexTC Corporations, he brings lived experiences to educating and cultivating innovators who can align and transform basic research for societal impact. Kesler earned his bachelor’s from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and his doctorate from Northwestern University.
Graduate Student, Fisheries and Wildlife
Brittany King is a third year PhD student in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife in the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences. King is a Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Doctoral Scholar and an Oregon Sea Grant Malouf Scholar. Her primary research interests lie in diversity, equity and inclusion in marine and fisheries science professions and exploring the value of diverse perspectives in coastal marine resource management. King is a member the fisheries and wildlife graduate student association and also serves as a member of OSU’s Graduate Student Advisory Council.
Assistant Professor, School of Language, Culture and Society
Dr. Cari Maes is an assistant professor in the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program within the OSU College of Liberal Art’s School of Language, Culture and Society. Her research focuses on the history of maternal and infant health interventions in Brazil and the politics of motherhood in Latin America more broadly. Maes served as co-chair of the President’s Commission on the Status of Women from 2017 to 2019. She currently serves as a faculty senator for the College of Liberal Arts and is a board member for the Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence.
Dean, College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences
Since September 2016, Dr. Roberta Marinelli has served as the dean of the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (CEOAS). Marinelli has also been the executive dean of the Division of Earth Systems Science since July 2018. Prior to OSU, Marinelli was executive director of the University of Southern California, Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies. She directed the Philip K. Wrigley Marine Science Center on Santa Catalina Island and oversaw the George and Mary Lou Boone Center for Science and Environmental Leadership, a nexus where scientists and policy makers can meet to resolve environmental challenges. Marinelli was also vice chair of the Board of Trustees of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, president of the Board of Directors of the Southern California Marine Institute, a member of the Executive Committee of the Western Association for Marine Laboratories, and served on the Governing Board of the Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System. Prior to her arrival at USC, Marinelli was director of the Antarctic Organisms and Ecosystems Program in the National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Sciences section. She was a tenured associate professor at the University of Maryland’s Center for Environmental Science and an assistant professor at the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography. Marinelli has a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Brown University, and a master’s and doctorate degree in marine science from the University of South Carolina.
Associate Vice President for Research Administration and Development, Research Office
Dr. Tuba Özkan-Haller was appointed in 2019 to serve as associate vice president for research administration and development with OSU’s Research Office. She is a professor in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (CEAOS). She also holds a joint appointment in the School of Civil and Construction Engineering of OSU’s College of Engineering. Prior to her appointment in the Research Office, she served for two years as associate dean for research and faculty advancement in CEOAS. She has also been a co-PI of the OREGON STATE ADVANCE program since 2014. She served on the Strategic Plan 4.0 Steering Committee. Özkan-Haller’s research program focuses on achieving a predictive understanding of the nearshore ocean, and she has built a successful inter-disciplinary research program and participated in large campus-wide efforts, including the Pacific Marine Energy Center. Özkan-Haller serves as the search advocate for the OSU presidential search process.
Executive Vice President, OSU Foundation
Shawn L. Scoville is the Executive Vice President and the incoming President and CEO (as of January 4, 2020) for the OSU Foundation. Scoville leads advancement strategy and organizational development, focusing fundraising efforts on initiatives that advance the university's priorities while striving to build a culture of meaningful engagement for all of the university's constituents. Scoville served as principal architect of The Campaign for OSU, which raised more than $1.14 billion, making it among the most successful public university campaigns in North America. Scoville has been instrumental in building upon the momentum of the last campaign and positioning the Foundation for the future, with three of the best years in fundraising history occurring since the last campaign. Before his arrival at OSU in 2005, Scoville worked for 16 years in the development and alumni relations program at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
Coordinator, Black Student Access and Success
Dorian Smith was appointed in 2016 as coordinator of Black Student Access and Success within the Educational Opportunities Program of the Division of Student Affairs. In alignment with OSU’s commitments to diversity, Smith works to create rich and intentional collaboration across campus to increase access and the academic success of African American students. The Black Student Access and Success Initiative also sponsors a number of academic events, high school visits, and college information sessions for black families in Portland. Smith is a 2009 graduate of OSU with a bachelor’s of science in speech communication. As a student, Smith was an Oregon State football standout defensive end and also worked on the Beavers’ coaching staff and in a defensive quality control position.
Undergraduate Student, Economics and English
Aiden Tariku served as the Associated Students of OSU (ASOSU) vice president for the 2018-2019 academic school year. As vice president, Tariku was president of the ASOSU Senate and served on three university advisory boards (athletics, recreational sports, and the Memorial Union). In that role he also represented OSU at the state legislature in Salem advocating on behalf of students and higher education. Continuing those efforts, Tariku is a second-year participant in the Presidential Student Legislative Advocates Program in which students engage with legislators, lobbyists and legislative staff regarding issues that impact funding for OSU’s student programs. Tariku is currently pursuing degrees in economics and English and is on track to graduate in 2020.
Mayor of Corvallis, Oregon
Biff Traber serves as Corvallis Mayor, elected in 2015 and re-elected in 2018. Prior to that, he served two terms as Corvallis City Councilor. Traber also serves on the boards of the Cascade West Council of Governments, Cascades West Senior Services Foundation, Oregon RAIN (Regional Accelerator & Innovation Network) and the Governor’s Regional Solutions Committee. In 2002, Traber retired from the software industry as a Senior Vice President and began serving as a community leader. He has served on multiple boards and volunteered for many local social service organizations.