Steve Clark

Office of the Vice President

Steve Clark came to Oregon State University in July 2011 from serving as the president and publisher of the Portland Tribune and metro-area Community Newspapers Inc.

Clark spent the first dozen years of his career reporting, editing and publishing at newspapers in Gresham, Lake Oswego, West Linn, Pendleton and the Willamette Valley. He was later named publisher and chief operating officer of Community Newspapers, a Tigard-based company that included several Portland-area newspapers. He eventually became president and co-owner of the company with his wife, Randalyn.       

In 2004, he was named president of the Oregon Publication Corp., Oregon’s largest newspaper group, which includes the Portland Tribune and Sustainable Life magazine, as well as Community Newspaper's 16 weekly and monthly publications.

In addition to long-standing private sector and civic engagement in state economic development, transportation and land use matters, Clark is active with community engagement and volunteerism. In the past, he also served as a member of the College of Liberal Arts’ Dean’s Council at OSU, and has been a sponsor of the Austin Family Business Program Excellence Awards, the OSU College of Business Alumni and Business Partner Awards, and the OSU College of Engineering Oregon Stater Awards.

As Vice President, Clark oversees University Relations and Marketing, the university’s primary communications branch, with marketing that supports student recruitment and raises awareness of OSU’s impact, dissemination of news about teaching, research and faculty and student achievement, the development of a vibrant online presence and hosting university-wide events.

Clark has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Oregon State University.

For more information, contact:

Steve Clark

Vice President for University Relations and Marketing
634 Kerr Administration Building
Corvallis, Oregon 97331-2155

541.737.4875 phone
541.737.3033 fax

Alice Tucker, Executive Assistant
541.737.4875 |



Annie Athon Heck, Associate Vice President 

A former journalist and executive communications specialist, Annie Athon Heck joined Oregon State University in March 2013. She works with URM Vice President Steve Clark and others in the division to lead OSU’s strategic communications and marketing efforts. In her role, Heck helps lead executive communications, marketing-communications for the Oregon State University Advantage, research enterprise communications, and university events.

Prior to arriving at OSU, Heck spent the past 13 years working at Hewlett-Packard, where she helped develop communication and messaging strategies for the company. She later led a global public relations program for the printing business’s graphics segment and provided executive communications support for HP leaders.

From 1995-99, Heck was the communications director for the Corvallis School District 509J, where she also served as chief spokesperson. She was a political reporter for the Statesman-Journal newspaper in Salem from 1991-95, covering the state Legislature and governor’s office.


Annie Athon Heck
Associate Vice President, University Relations and Marketing
Oregon State University
A416 Kerr Administration Bldg.
Corvallis, Oregon 97331
Phone: 541-737-0790
FAX: 541-737-2130