To: OSU Faculty and Staff

From: Edward Feser, Provost and Executive Vice President

December 2, 2020

It is my pleasure to share with you that Dr. Kendra Sharp, Oregon State University’s senior advisor for global affairs, has been selected by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) to lead its Office of International Science and Engineering.

Her appointment with NSF starts on February 8, 2021.

Dr. Sharp was named the Richard and Gretchen Evans Professor of Humanitarian Engineering in 2015, and founded and directed the humanitarian engineering program in the College of Engineering. Since 2018, she has provided leadership in OSU’s development and implementation of strategic initiatives related to internationalization and global engagement, and recently was named Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Development.

At NSF, Dr. Sharp will work to increase U.S. principal investigators’ engagement in global research that addresses pressing challenges; increase access to training and other opportunities in science diplomacy for U.S.-based students and faculty; develop and support robust collaborations among international universities; and strengthen collaborations with other federal agencies.

Senior Vice Provost Susan Capalbo will assume the role of OSU’s senior international officer, with responsibility for beginning implementation of the University’s internationalization strategic plan, scheduled for distribution later this month.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Sharp on receiving this prestigious National Science Foundation appointment. We look forward to welcoming her back to Oregon State University following her appointment leading NSF’s Office of International Science and Engineering.


Edward Feser
Provost and Executive Vice President