Hundreds turned out to celebrate the legacy of Larry Roper, vice provost for Student Affairs, as he returns to a faculty position after 19 years in his administrative role.
A highly respected campus leader who is also nationally known among the student affairs community, Roper’s last day as vice provost is June 30. A celebration was held June 25 in the Memorial Union Lounge.
Additionally, well-wishers were invited to share their memories on an OSU blog set up for the occasion.
“A relentless and staunch advocate of every student, I have been forever shaped by (Roper’s) mentorship, unwavering advocacy and lead-from-the-front leadership,” said OSU alum David Molina. “Larry is the epitome of what an university administrator, intellectual and mentor should be.”
Tim White, who was Provost and Vice President during part of Roper’s time at OSU, and is now California State University Chancellor, also sent well wishes.
“I think of the many moments we shared, some good and some with headwinds – 9/11 and the big drive, cultural centers, leadership, inter-personal relationships, the Cabinet meetings, picnics and sports,” he wrote. “But I also realize how grateful I am for the privilege of working together, and the lessons I learned from you that I used and use daily in Idaho and California.”
Marianne Vydra, senior associate athletic director with OSU Athletics, reflected on Roper’s steadfast, inspirational nature.
“You led by example and inspired us with your spoken word and inclusive language,” she wrote. “You allowed me to give myself permission to reflect on my choices and my words in my day to day work with students and staff; these important pauses always altered outcomes for the better. Thank you for that gift.”
Roper will be succeeded by Susie Brubaker-Cole.