CORVALLIS, Ore. - Susie Brubaker-Cole, vice provost of student affairs at Oregon State University has been appointed to the same position at Stanford University, OSU Provost and Executive Vice President Ed Feser announced today.

The transition is effective Sept. 7.

Brubaker-Cole, who has held this position at OSU since July 2014 and has worked at the university since 2008, previously worked at Stanford from 2005-2008 as the associate vice provost for undergraduate education and director of undergraduate advising and research. After leaving Stanford, she came to OSU as associate provost for academic success and engagement and director of academic advising.

"Susie's leadership at Oregon State has been extraordinary, and she has made many significant contributions to advance the success of our students," Feser said. "She is passionate about helping students achieve success during their higher education experiences - from the classroom to the community and in pursuing their chosen careers."

As vice provost for student affairs, Brubaker-Cole provided leadership for a range of student-related departments, programs and initiatives. These include Career Services, the Memorial Union, Counseling and Psychological Services, Student Health Services, Intercultural Student Services, Recreational Sports, University Housing and Dining Services, Student Leadership and Involvement, Student Conduct and Community Standards, New Student Programs and Family Outreach, and others.

Brubaker-Cole accomplished many things during her OSU tenure, including her work with colleagues across campus to advance equity and inclusion, particularly in support of students from backgrounds historically underserved in higher education. This work included a grant from the National Science Foundation to increase the diversity and success of undergraduates in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math) at OSU. 

She led the development of Oregon State's principles on freedom of expression and assembly and was instrumental in expanding support and advocacy resources for survivors of sexual assault and innovative education programs on sexual violence prevention. Brubaker-Cole also guided the development of a student affairs strategic plan that emphasizes transformative learning, an inclusive community and student well-being. 

"I have truly been inspired by the many wonderful colleagues and students I have had the opportunity to work with at OSU during the past nine years," Brubaker-Cole said. "I believe all of our students are capable of great accomplishments when they graduate from OSU, and our work to support them during their time here is a key part of their success."

Dan Larson, associate vice provost for student affairs and interim dean of student life, will serve as interim vice provost for student affairs until a successor to Brubaker-Cole is named. Larson also serves as executive director of University Housing & Dining Services.

"Dan is very well known for his effective leadership style and successful, collaborative work throughout Student Affairs and the entire university," Feser said.

Larson provided leadership in the development of a curriculum for the Weatherford Residential College's Austin Entrepreneurship Program. He was instrumental in the construction and design of the International Living-Learning Center and has been active in many community-OSU collaboration initiatives.

Feser said he would launch a national search to fill the permanent position of vice provost of student affairs.

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By Annie Athon Heck, 541-737-0790,


Sources: Susie Brubaker-Cole, 541-737-3626,