I am the new Dean of the College of Science at Oregon State University. I am excited to lead this group of extraordinary faculty and students to advance scientific discovery for our world and to teach science to the whole campus. Science is the best invention of the human mind, it is at the heart of OSU, and it is critical to the university’s mission and success.
I look forward to getting to know more of you as we connect at OSU events, personal meetings or even through email or by phone.
I want to thank Sastry Pantula, who stepped down after four years as dean to shift his focus back to statistical research and teaching in the Department of Statistics. I am grateful to him for being such a powerful advocate for science and a passionate champion for students and diversity. He is an excellent ambassador for science.
I am happy to be back among my colleagues in the College of Science. I was part of the faculty here for 15 years before moving to the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences faculty for seven years where I served as Interim Dean. Most recently, I served as OSU’s Associate Vice President of Research. I have been an earth scientist at OSU for the past 22 years.
To share some of my personal life, I grew up on a grain farm outside a rural town in Alberta, Canada, with five brothers. I fell in love with learning and science before I was 10 years old, and I was first in my family to go to college.
A thriving College of Science is paramount to OSU’s success. My initial priorities are to improve student success and generate highgrowth education opportunities that will create a solid financial base for the College. From that base, we will be able to continue to expand our scientific research and teaching in other areas.
I look forward to getting to know you as we create a strong future for the College of Science.
Dean, College of Science