The UO's leaders hail from diverse backgrounds
The Board of Trustees of the University of Oregon named Scott Coltrane interim president on August 7, 2014. Before the appointment, Coltrane served as the senior vice president and provost. Coltrane previously served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Oregon (2008-2013) and as associate dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at the University of California, Riverside (2004-2008). He received a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 1988 and was a professor of sociology at the University of California Riverside from 1988 to 2008.
Frances Bronet was named acting senior vice president and provost on August 8, 2014. Bronet, a professor of architecture, has served as dean of the School of Architecture and Allied Arts since 2005. Bronet holds degrees in architecture and engineering from McGill University. She was licensed by the Ordre des Architectes du Quebec in 1982, practicing in multiple offices, including her own, in Montreal. She received a Master of Science degree in architectural design from Columbia University. Prior to coming to Oregon, Bronet was a professor and former associate as well as acting dean of architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) while continuing design consulting in New York.
Yvette Marie Alex-Assensoh, a political scientist and attorney who served on the Indiana University faculty for 18 years and as dean for women’s affairs from 2008-2012, was named vice president for equity and inclusion on March 2, 2012. By training and profession, she is a political scientist and a licensed attorney, who has been registered as a family mediator. Alex-Assensoh has worked effectively on a variety of issues related to inclusion, equity and diversity for students, faculty and staff, coupled with duties dealing with admissions, compliance, mentoring, policy design, professional development, recruitment and retention efforts.
Michael Andreasen became vice president for university advancement in April 2013. He started at the university as vice president for development on July 1, 2010. Previously, he served as assistant dean and executive director for advancement at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. He previously held development roles in major gifts and campaign leadership at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the American Film Institute. He began his career in annual giving at the University of California, Irvine. Andreasen earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of California, Irvine.
Interim Vice President for Research and Innovation
Brad Shelton was appointed Interim vice president for research and innovation on May 28, 2014. He is responsible for 20 research centers and institutes and nine core research facilities, ranging from the physical and life sciences to the social sciences and humanities disciplines. As UO's chief research officer, Shelton oversees sponsored research, research compliance, technology transfer, the Research Advisory Board, and the Riverfront Research Park. Shelton also represents the UO in national organizations such as the AAU and the APLU.
Douglas Park was appointed interim general counsel on July 1, 2014. He has served in the Office of the General Counsel since 2007, providing guidance and advice to every college at the UO and assisting with multiple matters ranging from copyright and trademark issues, to library and museum acquisitions, to managing litigation. He played an instrumental role in the formation of the Board of Trustees. Park earned a BA in English literature from the University of Washington in 1988, and a law degree from the UO in 1993. Before joining the general counsel’s office, he worked for nine years at the Oregon Department of Justice as an assistant attorney general, and then senior assistant attorney general.
Robin Holmes has served as the vice president for student life since 2007, and has worked at the university since 1992. She leads the university's efforts in support of students' academic success beyond the classroom, and oversees the eight departments and seven functional areas of the Division of Student Life. Holmes previously served as dean of students and director of the University Counseling and Testing Center. She holds a master's and doctorate from the California School of Professional Psychology and received her master's and bachelor's degrees from California State University, Fullerton. She is a practicing licensed clinical psychologist and consults on issues of diversity and multicultural organizational development.
Jamie Moffitt is the university's vice president for finance and administration/chief financial officer. As vice president, Moffitt works with the broad university community to strengthen and further align central administrative and financial functions with the university's core mission of teaching, research and service. Moffitt was previously the executive senior associate athletic director for finance and administration from May 2010 to December 2011. Prior to that, she was the associate dean for finance and operations at the UO School of Law from 2003 to 2010. In both positions, she reorganized budgeting and financial reporting processes and managed human resources and infrastructure improvements.
Rob Mullens oversees a 18-sport department with a $70 million budget. Before coming to Oregon, Mullens was deputy director of athletics at the University of Kentucky, managing day-to-day operations. A native of West Virginia, Mullens has a background in accounting and auditing, working at Ernst & Young before embarking on a career in athletics administration. He has a bachelor's degree in business administration and a master's degree in sports management from West Virginia University.
Roger J. Thompson joined the University of Oregon leadership in July 2010. Thompson is responsible for student recruitment and retention efforts. Previously, Thompson served as the vice provost for enrollment management and special advisor to the president at Indiana University. At the University of Alabama, Thompson held a number of successive positions in enrollment management and was eventually named the associate vice president for enrollment management. A native Oregonian, Thompson earned an bacehlor's degree from California State University, Long Beach; a master's degree from the University of Central Missouri; and a doctorate from the University of Southern California.