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Overview of the Organization
Since its founding in 1868, Oregon State University (OSU) has been a place with a purpose – making a positive difference in quality of life, natural resources, and economic prosperity in Oregon and beyond. Through discovery, innovation and application, OSU meets challenges, solves problems, and turns ideas into reality. OSU is the designated Land Grant University for the State of Oregon. Designated a Carnegie Doctoral/Research Extensive University, OSU is Oregon’s largest public research university, committed to teaching, research, and outreach and engagement that promotes economic, social, cultural and environmental progress for the people of Oregon, the nation and the world. OSU is one of only two universities in the country to be designated a Land Grant, Sea Grant, Space Grant, and Sun Grant institution. In addition to its recognition for research activity, OSU was also selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its 2010 Community Engagement classification.
OSU is committed through continuous improvement to be a collaborative, inclusive and caring community that strives for equity and equal opportunity in everything that we do; that creates a welcoming environment and enables success for people from all walks of life; and that shares common, fundamental values grounded in justice, civility and respect while looking to our diversity as a source of enrichment and strength.
OSU offers more than 200 degree programs (85 bachelor, 75 master, 54 doctorate, and 2 first professional degree programs). OSU has facilities and/or programs in every county in the state, including 13 Agricultural Experiment Stations, Oregon Extension Service with 35 county extension offices, the OSU-Cascades campus in Bend, the Hatfield Marine Sciences Center in Newport, and a range of programs and facilities in Portland, giving it a statewide economic footprint of more than $2 billion.
The University’s academic programs are organized into eleven academic colleges [Agricultural Sciences; Business; Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences; Education; Engineering; Forestry; Public Health & Human Sciences; Liberal Arts; Pharmacy; Science; and Veterinary Medicine], in addition to the Graduate School and the University Honors College, which is one of only a handful of degree-granting honors programs in the U.S. More than 30 degree programs are offered online. OSU has nationally recognized programs in conservation biology; agricultural sciences; nuclear engineering; forestry, fisheries and wildlife management; community health; pharmacy, and zoology. OSU ranks high in sustainability, consistently in the top 25 nationally. For the 2013 Sierra Club "Cool Schools" ranking, Oregon State has the highest green ranking in the state and is listed as 11th in the nation, rising from 24th in 2010. OSU was also recognized in the Princeton Review’s 2012 Green Rating Honor Roll, the only university in Oregon to earn the distinction for creating a healthy and more sustainable campus life.
The University is strongly focused on research, generating approximately $263 million annually in external funding through faculty activities academic colleges, as well as 20 multidisciplinary centers and institutes. The OSU Advantage Initiative focuses on increasing efforts to foster partnerships with industry, an effort that has resulted in 45% increase in industry-based funding and 185% increase in royalty revenue over the past 3 years.
OSU employs more than 3,860 full and part-time academic and professional faculty and 1414 full and part-time classified staff and has more than 167,000 living alumni. The University enrolls approximately 28,000 students drawn from across Oregon, from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. Approximately 4,000 students are housed on campus, while the rest of the Corvallis-based students live in the surrounding community. Graduate education is an important component of the University’s academic program, with graduate students numbering nearly 4,600. About 34% of the total student body comes from outside the state; about 10% of the student body is International.
The University’s main campus sits on 500 acres in Corvallis, Oregon, a vibrant university town of 53,000 in the heart of western Oregon’s Willamette Valley, located about 90 miles south of Portland and one hour from the Pacific Coast and the Cascade Mountains. The main campus includes a historic district, making OSU one of only a handful of U.S. university campuses listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Corvallis is consistently ranked among the best and safest cities to live in the U.S. as well as among the most environmentally responsible. OSU is known for the quality of its outdoor programs, enabling a range of research, sports, and recreational activities in the Cascade Mountains, the Willamette and McKenzie Rivers, and the Pacific Ocean. The University is in the midst of growing its branch campus in central Oregon. OSU-Cascades offers an Oregon State University degree in an innovative, small-campus setting. Located in Bend and surrounded by 2.5 million acres of mountains, forests and high desert rangeland, and a growing, vibrant community, OSU-Cascades offers 18 undergraduate and graduate programs. OSU-Cascades is expanding to a four-year university, with freshman and sophomore classes beginning in fall 2015 and a new campus in development near downtown Bend. The branch campus is currently a 2+2 program partnering with the local community college. It anticipates an enrollment of 1,100 students in fall 2013, and plans to grow to 3,000 to 5,000 students by 2025. The campus community includes about 80 faculty and staff.
OSU receives private support from alumni and other donors through the OSU Foundation, a separate nonprofit organization dedicated to garnering the resources that enable the University to achieve excellence in education, research, and outreach. With 113 employees and a 41-member volunteer Board of Trustees, the Foundation manages the majority of OSU’s composite endowment, valued at more than $440 million.
Together with University leaders, the Foundation publicly launched The Campaign for OSU, the University’s first comprehensive fundraising campaign, in October 2007. Guided by OSU’s strategic plan, the campaign seeks $1 billion to provide opportunities for students, strengthen Oregon’s economy and quality of life, and support research that changes the world. More than 100,000 donors have contributed to the campaign, which will run through 2014. As of September 2013, more than $957 million has been raised for scholarships, faculty, facilities and equipment, programs, and research.
Oregon State University has a total FY 2013 operating budget of over $910 million of which about 15 percent (approximately $136 million) comes from State support, including State funding for about 20% of instructional costs. The University is in healthy financial shape with modest debt and a strong commitment to improved efficiencies in administrative support. As the State has cut back and increasingly divested its support for higher education over the last decade, OSU has become increasingly self-sustaining through effective management of tuition and fee revenues, including increased consolidation of programs and introduction of shared services; increased recruitment of out-of-state and international students, especially through the creation of the INTO Oregon State University (INTO OSU) joint venture; increased sponsored research and commercialization revenues; and increased philanthropic support. Conditions of fiscal restraint have engendered a new spirit of entrepreneurialism and innovation, with a strong focus on developing partnerships and collaborations across the state.
With the passage of SB 253 in the 2011 legislative session, Oregon affirmed a clear and ambitious “40-40-20 goal,” which states that by the year 2025, 40% of adult Oregonians will hold an associate’s degree or a meaningful postsecondary certificate, 40% will hold a bachelor’s or advanced degree, and 20% will have achieved a high school diploma or equivalent as their terminal degree.
Also in 2011, the Legislature adopted two other bills – SB 9 and SB 242 – which established the Oregon Education Investment Board (OEIB) and the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) to oversee and direct a comprehensive education program coordinated along the entire education continuum from early childhood and pre-kindergarten programs through elementary and high school, community college, university and graduate degree programs. Under SB 9 and subsequent legislation passed during the 2012 session, Oregon’s 197 K-12 school districts, 17 community colleges and seven public universities – Oregon State University, University of Oregon, Portland State University, Western Oregon University, Southern Oregon University, Eastern Oregon University, and Oregon Institute of Technology – are now guided by “achievement compacts” with the state. The compacts, developed and administered by the OEIB, seek to move beyond historic funding metrics driven by enrollment levels toward student-focused progress across the education continuum. By moving away from a purely enrollment-driven funding model, the OEIB seeks to increase emphasis on achieving educational competencies at a pace that maximizes each student’s capacity for progress and growth.
Historically, seven universities comprise Oregon’s public university system with oversight by the State Board of Higher Education and central services provided by the Chancellor of the Oregon University System (OUS). During the 2013 legislative session, Oregon took additional steps to address its post-secondary education system with the passage of SB 270, which authorizes institutional governing boards at the University of Oregon, Portland State University, and Oregon State University and establishes those institutions as legal entities separate from each other and from OUS. The legislature also passed HB 3120, which further defined the duties of the HECC to retain the benefits of a coordinated state system of higher education, while addressing the future needs of Oregon’s four regional and technical universities.
OSU has an impressive leadership team, headed by Edward J. Ray, who was appointed the University’s 14th President in June 2003. Formerly Executive Vice President and Provost at Ohio State University, President Ray is an economist who served on the Ohio State Economics faculty for more than 30 years. He appointed Sabah Randhawa as Provost and Executive Vice President in 2005, and they, together with Glenn Ford, a recently appointed Vice President for Finance & Administration, serve as the University’s executive leadership team. Important recent appointments include Richard W. Spinrad as Vice President for Research in 2010, and Steve Clark, Vice President for University Relations and Marketing in 2011. The University’s Strategic Plan for the 21st Century is now completing Phase II (2009-2013) with the goal of ranking among the ten best Land Grant universities in the nation. The plan focuses attention on three Signature Areas of Distinction: advancing the Science of Sustainable Earth Ecosystems; Improving Human Health and Wellness; and Promoting Economic Growth and Social Progress. These areas build upon the University’s core teaching and research strengths, the skill and capacities of its faculty, and the University’s many established national and international partnerships and collaborations. Planning for Phase III is underway and will be finalized this academic year.
This is a time of immense opportunity for the University, with strong leadership, clearly articulated goals, and a high degree of positive energy fueled by a desire to move the institution forward to achieve greater excellence. The University is committed to shared governance, to faculty involvement in major decision-making, and to collaboration across the institution.
The Division of Student Affairs
The Division of Student Affairs is a dynamic organization. The lively nature of the work and relationships requires consistent engagement and leadership. The life of the organization is multi-faceted, which enables us to contribute to the advancement of student learning and the success of the Oregon State University mission in countless ways.
The Division of Student Affairs includes Career Services; Counseling and Psychological Services; Dean of Student Life; Disability Access Services; Housing and Dining Services; Intercultural Student Services; Memorial Union; New Student Programs and Family Outreach; Recreational Sports; Research, Evaluation and Planning; Student Conduct and Community Standards; Student Health Services; Student Leadership and Involvement; and Student Media. The Division provides essential leadership for the out-of-classroom education of students, the co-curriculum which complements and supplements the academic areas, and the various services necessary for successful retention and graduation. The Division has an annual operating budget of $85 million and approximately 500 staff, plus 1,900 student employees. The Division goals are consistent with the institutional goals and aims, support and assist the instructional program, contribute to each student's total development and alleviate conditions which can interfere with a student's education.
The Division of Student Affairs supports the voice of every student. In pursuit of the values expressed in the Division’s Campus Compact, we commit to vigorously pursue the development of a purposeful, open, just, disciplined, caring, and celebrative community on the Oregon State University campus.
Mission: We create engaging environments for student growth and success.
Vision: We will inspire learners and leaders to create positive change in the world through self discovery, connection to community, commitment to action, and love of learning.
We will dedicate ourselves, individually and collectively, to student learning, community, citizenship, and success – through compassion, engagement, innovation, and action.
Goals: The Division of Student Affairs will focus our energy and resources on the following aspects of community development:
- We will create environments that strengthen holistic personal development and well-being of students.
- We will cultivate a positive, inclusive and engaging campus community where multiple perspectives are openly shared and can thrive.
- We will be a teaching and learning organization. We will enhance our own knowledge and the knowledge of others.
- We will develop global citizens who are prepared and empowered to make meaningful contributions that are socially relevant.
The Vice Provost Position
It is an exciting time to be a part of Oregon State University and the Division of Student Affairs. Over the past five years, our enrollment has grown over 25%, we have reorganized the University to facilitate greater interdisciplinary endeavors, and our capital campaign has enjoyed tremendous success. In short, we are in a period of exceptional growth, and the Division of Student Affairs is poised to embark on new ventures. We seek a courageous, innovative leader who believes that transforming student lives is a fundamental part of Oregon State’s quest to become one of the top 10 land grant institutions in the country.
The Vice Provost is a member of the Provost’s Council and President’s Cabinet, and is an active participant in all aspects of institution-wide planning and policy development. The Vice Provost will be a creative and innovative thinker who will build on Oregon State’s strong tradition as a student-centered university.
The Vice Provost is the chief administrative officer of the Division with responsibility for:
- creating and sustaining an environment of student services and student life excellence in order to enable success for students
- working with members of the University’s leadership teams to identify and advance goals for the University
- creating and implementing a compelling vision for the Division in the context of Phase III of OSU’s Strategic Plan for the 21st Century and our goal to be a top-10 Land Grant university
- contributing significantly to the intellectual development of the Division and University
- developing a coherent business plan that looks to strategic opportunities for sustainable program growth
- developing and enhancing relationships with internal and external constituencies
- enhancing the Division’s commitment to a diverse and multicultural university
- fostering programs and initiatives across divisional or unit boundaries
- further advancing the learning-centered culture of the University
- participation in the University’s commitment to private, foundation, and corporate fundraising – working in partnership with University leadership and the OSU Foundation
Qualifications for the position include an earned doctorate and demonstrated:
- unwavering commitment to student success, engagement, achievement and excellence in student services and support
- sophisticated understanding of the relationship between academic and co-curricular life
- understanding of current and emerging issues of relevance to students, and a deep knowledge of best practices in student affairs, and ability to design and provide services to a growing student population that is increasingly diverse
- leadership and diplomacy; ability to build alliances and leverage resources
- highest degree of personal integrity
- ability to facilitate a collaborative and civil leadership environment
- clear understanding of the mission of a Land Grant university
- commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion
- demonstrated success in securing internal and external programmatic support
- leadership skills with the ability to set challenging and attainable goals, to set priorities, and work with and inspire others to high levels of creative performance
- administrative ability, including budget and financial management processes, public relations and development, strategic planning, policy formation, and personnel management
The Vice Provost reports to, and serves at the pleasure of, the Provost and Executive Vice President. The position is a 12-month, 1.0 FTE appointment. Salary is competitive, and the benefits package includes several options for health/dental/life insurance, retirement, and a program of reduced tuition for dependents (some restrictions apply). Candidates with a distinguished record in teaching, scholarship and service consistent with the expectations of the rank of Professor may be considered for a faculty appointment at the University. The new Vice Provost will be expected to assume office in July 2014, or as soon thereafter as feasible.
Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, submit written application materials no later than December 15, 2013.
Inquiries, nominations, and applications are confidential and should be directed to our search firm, Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, Inc., in care of Sharon Tanabe. email@example.com; 1111 Corporate Center Drive, Suite 106, Monterey Park, CA 91754; Phone: 323/260-5045. Reference: OSU VPSA
Electronic applications are preferred. Applications must include a letter of interest, including a statement of philosophy for the vice provost role and addressing each of the qualifications for this position; CV; and contact information for five current references, including each reference’s name, title, address, telephone number, and electronic mail address.
The search committee is chaired by Dr. Dan Arp, Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences, Dan.Arp@oregonstate.edu. OSU is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.