Brenda McComb

Philomath, Oregon

  • Higher education leader
  • Forest habitat researcher

Brenda McComb
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Dr. Brenda McComb has served as the dean of Oregon State University Graduate School since April 2011.

Before being named dean of the graduate school, she led the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society in OSU’s College of Forestry. As a forest researcher, Dr. McComb has studied the effects of land management practices on animals and habitats to guide development of sustainable forest management practices and advance our ability to conserve biodiversity over large and complex landscapes.  Dr. McComb has taught graduate courses in forest habitat management, ecosystem management, research methods and women’s studies.

As well as working at Oregon State (1987-1996), she held faculty appointments at the University of Kentucky, as well as administrative appointments at the University of Massachusetts and with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency before returning to Oregon State in 2009.

Dr. McComb has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Connecticut (1974 and 1976, respectively), and a Ph.D. from Louisiana State University (1979).

“Brenda McComb is an outstanding educator and will bring a deep understanding of Oregon State University to our Board of Trustees. Her background in forestry as well as her career in higher education and advocacy for graduate students and programs will serve us well as we work to guide the university into the future.”