As Provost and Executive Vice President, Edward Feser is the chief academic and operating officer of Oregon State University, charged by President Ed Ray to oversee progress on the University’s strategic goals in student success, faculty excellence, outreach and engagement, internationalization and institutional reputation. In partnership with Vice President for Finance and Administration Mike Green, Provost Feser ensures that the financial resources and administrative and physical infrastructure of OSU are closely aligned with its mission as a leading land grant university with a focus on inclusive excellence and the deep integration of teaching, research and engagement. As the largest research university in Oregon, research stations and extension offices in all 36 counties of the state, a growing international student body and faculty, a top ten online education program, a growing branch campus in central Oregon, and a new model for interdisciplinary education and research in the Marine Studies Initiative, the students, faculty and staff of Oregon State University strive to bring the latest knowledge and innovation to solving problems and improving communities nearby and around the world. At OSU, student accomplishment, cutting edge basic and applied research, and active public engagement go hand-in-hand.
Working closely with his senior leadership team, Provost Feser collaborates with the members of the President’s Cabinet, the deans of OSU’s 11 academic colleges, the dean of the Honors College, the leadership of the OSU Foundation, and other OSU administrative, faculty and student leaders to advance the work of the University. OSU’s aspirations and goals are articulated in the University’s strategic plan Focus on Excellence.
Provost Feser is a Professor of Public Policy in the College of Liberal Arts, with expertise in regional economic development, innovation and technology policy. He holds PhD and master’s degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bachelor’s degree from the University of San Francisco. Prior to joining OSU, he held faculty and leadership roles at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has also served in government, as Assistant Secretary for Policy, Research and Strategic Planning in the North Carolina Department of Commerce.