To: OSU faculty and staff
From: Edward Feser, Provost and Executive Vice President
May 31, 2019
OSU faculty and staff,
It is my pleasure to announce that Dr. Anita Azarenko will serve as interim vice provost for the Division of University Outreach and Engagement and director of the OSU Extension Service effective July 7.
As you may know, Anita has been at Oregon State for over 30 years. She climbed the faculty ranks before serving in a variety of administrative roles, including Head of the Department of Horticulture in the College of Agricultural Sciences; Associate Dean for the Graduate School; and Special Assistant to the Vice President for Finance and Administration. For the past three years, she has served as Associate Vice President for University Facilities, Infrastructure and Operations. In this role, Anita has served as OSU’s chief facilities officer, responsible for the maintenance, operations, renovations and/or construction of all of the university’s facility assets and grounds. She also led implementation of the university’s10-year capital forecast and annual capital improvement and renewal plans.
Anita’s leadership experience in both academic and administrative units makes her uniquely qualified to engage various stakeholder groups, hear their advice, and assist me with formulating the plan for permanent leadership of University Outreach and Engagement and the OSU Extension Service. As interim vice provost, Anita will serve as a member of the Provost’s Senior Leadership Team and the President’s Cabinet.
As previously announced, Dr. Scott Reed, Vice Provost for University Outreach and Engagement and Director of the OSU Extension Service since 2007, will retire on July 31. He and Anita will work together and with others to ensure a smooth transition.
Please join me in again congratulating Scott on his many accomplishments at Oregon State and wishing him a happy retirement, and thanking Anita for taking on the interim role.
Provost and Executive Vice President