Diana Sloane brings rich international experience to her role as campus executive officer for OSU’s Cascades Campus in Central Oregon. Her recent four–year Peace Corps directorship in West Africa may have been far from Bend in miles, but not in mission. That’s because well–honed skills in diversity, diplomacy and local development will figure strongly in her overarching goal: building relationships with community members. "This is central to the growth and vitality of the campus," asserts Sloane, who started her career as a nursing professor in Santa Barbara and then led a branch campus of Antioch University. Boosting enrollment and raising funds are her other top priorities, along with evaluating Cascades’ current and future mix of academic programs.
Cyril Clarke takes the reins of OSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine at a time of considerable growth. New features at the college include a small–animal clinic, a full four-year academic program, an expanded large-animal clinic and a training partnership with the Oregon Humane Society. Managing this growth is Clarke’s signal challenge. "Having finally come of age, the college is poised to undergo significant development and become a signature program at OSU," says Clarke, who was associate dean for academic affairs at Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. A strong research mission is critical, he says. Diagnostic services in support of animal and public health is another linchpin. So is mentorship for junior faculty. Clarke will also seek less reliance on state support, looking to boost revenues from services, research grants and
Christopher Klemm is a longtime veteran of both the business and academic worlds as he assumes his position at the helm of OSU’s Austin Entrepreneurship Program, the largest residential university entrepreneurship program in the U.S. Klemm’s unique blend of business acumen (forged during the startup of a successful firm, Optimus Consulting) and university administration (gained at the University of Washington, where he directed the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship) will inform his leadership of the Austin program, housed in historic Weatherford Hall. "A central goal of the program is to build upon the strong tradition of innovation at OSU," says Klemm. "We’re looking to add an entrepreneurship and commercialization agenda to that rich tradition of innovation — one that has contributed greatly to the knowledge pool."
Larry Roper brings a unique perspective as he temporarily fills the deanship at the College of Liberal Arts following the retirement of Kay Schaeffer. His 12 years as OSU’s vice provost for student affairs provide a deep well of institutional insight upon which to draw at this important moment in the college’s evolution. With the Campaign for OSU under way, Roper will focus on joining forces with others — faculty and constituents — to achieve both short and long–term objectives. Those include identifying and cultivating key "areas of distinction" within the college. "I hope to work with college leadership to strengthen collaboration," Roper says. "Most importantly, my goal is to engage and work closely with college faculty to ensure the college is well–positioned to recruit and attract a long–term dean."