The UO's leaders come from diverse backgrounds
Patrick C. Phillips is the interim president of the University of Oregon. He was appointed to the position by the University of Oregon Board of Trustees on August 20, 2022. Prior to serving as interim president, Phillips was the provost and senior vice president for the university. He is a professor of biology and has been at the UO since 2000. In his time at UO, Phillips has been the director of the Institute of Ecology and Evolution; head of the Department of Biology; associate vice president for research; and acting executive director of the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact. He received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Reed College in 1986, a master’s of science in evolutionary biology from the University of Chicago in 1988, and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1991.
Acting Provost and Executive Vice President
Janet Woodruff-Borden is the acting provost and senior vice president of the University of Oregon. She began serving as interim provost on August 20, 2022. Woodruff-Borden is a professor of psychology and has served as executive vice provost since 2019, leading the academic and faculty affairs efforts for the Office of the Provost. She previously served as vice provost and dean of the UO Graduate School, now the Division of Graduate Studies. She came to UO from the University of Louisville where she was professor of psychological and brain sciences. Her research focuses on the etiology, developmental psychopathology, and treatment of anxiety disorders. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wake Forest University, an M.S. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and completed postdoctoral training at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
Vice President for Equity and Inclusion
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.
Vice President for UO Portland
Jane Gordon is vice president for UO Portland and oversees the university’s operations in Portland, including the upcoming move to a new 19-acre campus. She became vice provost for Portland in 2016, launching programs such as the Portland Internship Experience, growing support services for Portland students, and providing operational integration of academic programs. Prior to her work at UO Portland, she served as a senior project leader for the Office of Academic Affairs, working on the faculty union contract and shared governance policy implementation. She spent more than 25 years in leadership positions in the School of Law, building and leading the Appropriate Dispute Resolution Center and serving as associate dean for student and program affairs.
Vice President and Executive Director of Knight Campus
Robert Guldberg is the vice president and Robert and Leona DeArmond executive director of the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact. He holds bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering as well as a master’s degree in bioengineering, all from the University of Michigan. Guldberg completed a postdoctoral fellowship in molecular biology at Michigan before joining the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1996. At Georgia Tech, Guldberg was a professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering, and served as executive director of the Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience.
Vice President for University Communications
Richie Hunter is the vice president for University Communications. She began in this role in September 2021, and oversees the university’s branding, public relations, communications, and marketing efforts. Before joining the UO, she was the vice president of strategic communications and external relations at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). Prior to RPI she held executive communications positions at the University of Houston, the University of Houston System, and for-profit national healthcare organizations. Hunter earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Southern California and a master’s in business administration from Lamar University.
Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration and CFO
Jamie Moffitt is the university's senior vice president for finance and administration/chief financial officer. As senior 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.
Director of Intercollegiate Athletics
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.
Anshuman Razdan (“AR”)
Vice President for Research and Innovation
Anshuman Razdan (“AR”) is the vice president for research and innovation (VPRI) at the University of Oregon. He began serving as VPRI on July 1, 2022. Before becoming VPRI, AR served as the associate vice president of research development at the University of Delaware, where he established three research core facilities, the UD Data Science Institute, and helped secure millions of dollars in research funding across the board. Prior to his time at the University of Delaware, he was a professor (now emeritus) and center director in School of Computing Informatics Decision Science and Engineering at Arizona State University for 20 years. AR received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Kurukshetra University (now National Institute of Technology) in India in 1986, a master of science degree in mechanical engineering from Arizona State University in 1988, and his doctorate in computer science from Arizona State University in 1995. AR also holds a tenured faculty appointment in the University of Oregon College of Arts of Sciences.
Vice President and General Counsel
As vice president and general counsel, Kevin Reed provides legal guidance and advice to all the university units, and every school and college. He is responsible for managing the university’s legal matters including academic freedom, intellectual property, equal protection in admissions, athletics compliance, research compliance, criminal law, and other litigation. Reed previously served as vice chancellor, legal affairs and associate general counsel at UCLA; general counsel for the Los Angeles Unified School District; and as a litigator with the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. He earned his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1989 and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia in 1986.
Roger J. Thompson
Vice President for Student Services and Enrollment Management
Roger J. Thompson joined the University of Oregon leadership in July 2010. Thompson is responsible for services that contribute to enhancing the student experience, recruitment, retention, and graduation. His portfolio also includes providing online and continuing education for the community. 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 bachelor'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.
Interim Vice President for Student Life
Kris Winter joined the University of Oregon in 2016 and has served in several roles including associate vice president for Student Life and dean of students. Winter was appointed interim vice president for Student Life on July 16, 2022. During her time at the UO, Winter has led countless efforts and programs to support the success, health, and well-being of students at the university. Winter earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon, a master’s degree from Oregon State University, and her EdD in Educational Leadership from Portland State University. Her thesis topic focused on the impacts of non-cognitive variables on the college admissions process for underrepresented, academically at-risk student populations.