Dear OSU Colleagues,
It is my pleasure to announce the appointment of Scott Vignos as Oregon State University’s vice president and chief diversity officer, effective immediately.
I make this appointment following an extensive national search. As you know, Scott has served as interim vice president and chief diversity officer since September 2021 upon Dr. Charlene Alexander’s decision to return to Ball State University as chief strategy officer.
In his interim role, Scott has successfully and effectively guided the Office of Institutional Diversity and ably led and contributed to university-wide strategies and actions to advance inclusive excellence and promote diversity, equity, inclusion within OSU.
Scott is a visionary, proactive leader who has built strong, collaborative relationships with students, faculty, staff, academic and administrative leaders, OSU stakeholders and partners, including the OSU Board of Trustees, the OSU Foundation and Alumni Association, communities and community leaders and partners across Oregon to advance the university’s inclusive excellence mission.
As interim vice president, Scott has guided the work of the President and Provost’s Leadership Council for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to improve the retention and success of employees of color. Scott has also collaborated with leaders in the Division of Student Affairs, Division of Extension and Engagement, Enrollment Management and the OSU Foundation and Alumni Association to launch Access OSU which aims to build, improve and strengthen pathways to higher education in the Portland region for Black and African American, Latine/x and Indigenous community members.
Prior to his leadership as interim vice president, Scott served as assistant vice president for strategic diversity initiatives in the Office of Institutional Diversity beginning in January 2019 and as director of strategic diversity initiatives when the office was formed in February 2016. Scott joined OSU in October 2015 as a special assistant in OSU’s former Office of Equity and Inclusion.
Prior to OSU, Scott served as associate director of admissions and outreach at the University of California, Davis, School of Law; as an attorney in private practice at a large international law firm, and as a law clerk at the UC Davis Immigration Law Clinic and the East Bay Community Law Center. Scott has a law degree from the University of California, Davis, and a bachelor of arts degree from Carleton College in Minnesota.
Please join me in congratulating Scott and in supporting our collaborative actions to advance inclusive excellence within Oregon State University.
Jayathi Y. Murthy