Oregon State University has named Dan Larson executive director of University Housing & Dining Services.
Larson, who formerly was associate director for operations and facilities with the department, has worked there for 13 years.
He succeeds longtime director Tom Scheuermann, who is transitioning to a teaching role in OSU’s College Student Services Administration graduate program.
Known for his collaborative work, Larson provided leadership in the development of a curriculum for the Weatherford Residential College’s Austin Entrepreneurship Program partnership with the College of Business. The program is known for combining academic pursuits with life skills to provide a holistic experience for students.
He also was instrumental in the construction and design of the International Living-Learning Center, dedicated in fall 2011, and the continued collaboration with INTO OSU to provide a global experience for international and domestic students.
Larson has represented University Housing & Dining Services and OSU through participation in community boards and discussions, including the Collaboration Corvallis Neighborhood Planning Workgroup.
Larson holds a master’s degree in CSSA from Oregon State and is an alumnus of Western Oregon University. He lives in Corvallis with his wife Malissa and son Samson, who also lend support to him in his other passion – triathlon training and wellness.
The mission of University Housing & Dining Services is to provide a living-learning environment as a gateway for academic and personal success through inclusive and innovative programs and services. UHDS is a 24/7/365 enterprise with nearly 200 full-time staff and more than 950 student employees serving 4,500+ residents and maintaining 1.5 million square feet of campus facilities including 14 residence halls; 4 cooperative houses; 105 family housing apartments; and 16 restaurants, coffee shops and markets. The UHDS operation includes OSU Catering, summer conference housing and visiting scholar housing. A new residence hall is currently under construction on the east side of campus.