Leadership & Staff

Provost Jayanth BanavarJayanth Banavar
Provost and Senior Vice President

Jayanth R. Banavar is the provost and senior vice president of the University of Oregon. He began serving as provost on July 1, 2017. A distinguished physicist, Jayanth served as University of Maryland’s dean of the College of Computer Mathematical and Natural Sciences (2011-2017). Prior to his deanship, Jayanth led the Department of Physics at Pennsylvania State University for 12 years. Jayanth received a bachelor of science with honors and a master of science in physics from Bangalore University and a PhD in physics from the University of Pittsburgh.

Linda AdkinsLinda Adkins
Executive Assistant

Linda Adkins provides executive support for the Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs. Linda manages meetings and events facilitated by these executives and assists with committee efforts. Linda staffs the program review process, the Distinguished Teaching Awards Committee, and the Williams Council. She has been at the university since 2003, having previously worked in Office of the Vice President for Finance and Administration and Sponsored Projects Services.

Ron BramhallRon Bramhall
Associate Vice Provost for Academic Excellence

Ron Bramhall leads efforts to align curriculum review and revitalization, academic policies, and departmental practices to help achieve the institution’s goals related to student success and the student educational experience. Prior to his work in the Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs, Ron served on the management faculty in the Lundquist College of Business for 14 years where he taught business leadership and communication, and the legal environment of business, and directed the business honors program for 5 years. During that time, Ron was on university curriculum and presidential advisory committees, and was on the United Academics bargaining team that negotiated the first faculty collective bargaining agreement. 

no photo availableJosh Burnett
Executive Assistant

Josh Burnett supports OPAA’s chief of staff Melanie Muenzer, serving as the primary contact for matters related to her schedule and activities. Josh received a bachelor of the arts in political science from Mississippi State University and commissioned into the United States Air Force, where he served as an active duty officer for seven years. His love for higher education was cemented while teaching leadership and communications at Oregon State University from 2012-2015.

Sierra DawsonSierra Dawson
Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

Sierra Dawson’s work focuses on UO’s teaching and learning culture including program review and assessment; faculty recognition, training, and development; and senate task forces on the evaluation of teaching and core education. Sierra joined the university in 2003 as instructional faculty in the Department of Human Physiology, where she continues to teach pedagogy-orientated seminars for both graduate and undergraduate students. Sierra’s expertise lies in the scholarship of teaching and learning, and she regularly presents at regional and national conferences on topics related to large class teaching, inclusive teaching, and peer review of teaching.

Renee DorjahnRenée Dorjahn
Assistant Vice Provost for Budget and Strategy

Renée Dorjahn focuses on projects to improve financial and human resource allocation in academic units by gathering and synthesizing a broad range of data, blended with operations analyses. She also works as director of finance and administration in the Robert D. Clark Honors College. Prior to joining the university in 2011, she held several product development and operations management positions in the telecommunication and computer industries, and an executive role in a startup, developing an ophthalmic medical device. Renee has a BA in mathematics from the University of Oregon, and an MA in statistics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Rebecca FlynnRebecca Flynn
Interim Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

Rebecca serves as interim assistant vice provost for academic affairs where she supports the faculty review, tenure, and promotion processes. She is also the managing co-director of the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics. Rebecca joined the university in 2011. Her background is in law, politics, and strategic planning. Prior to joining the UO, she served as an assistant attorney general in the Oregon Department of Justice. Rebecca has a JD from Harvard Law School.

Ellen HermanEllen Herman
Interim Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

In her role as interim vice provost for academic affairs, Ellen Herman oversees the tenure-track faculty review, tenure, and promotion processes. Ellen joined the Department of History in 1999. During her 18-year tenure at the university, she has served as a faculty member, a department head and as faculty co-director of the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics, a position she continues to hold. The author of three books exploring the relationship between politics, policy, and the human sciences in modern U.S. history, Ellen’s current research explores the history of autism. Ellen holds a BA from the University of Michigan and a PhD from Brandeis University.

no photo availableSuzette Howard
Executive Assistant

Suzette Howard is the executive assistant to the provost and senior vice president of the University of Oregon. She serves as the primary contact to the provost to ensures all matters related to his calendar, meetings and use of his time are managed with efficiency and flexibility. Prior to coming to the University of Oregon, Suzette served as the assistant to the vice president for student affairs at California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB). She holds a bachelor's degree in public policy and administration from CSUB. 

Mariann HylandMariann Hyland
Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

Mariann Hyland’s responsibilities primarily focus on faculty labor and employee relations; policy development; and advancing institutional priorities related to faculty recruitment, retention, and support. Mariann has more than 18 years of experience in institution-wide management, strategic planning, and policy direction at educational and regulatory institutions. Mariann came to the university from the Oregon State Bar, where she was director of diversity and inclusion. Previously she served in leadership roles at Oregon Health & Science University and Chemeketa Community College. Mariann holds a BS in general science from the UO, a JD from Oregon Law and an MSW from Portland State University.

Karen JefferisKaren Jefferis
Director of Financial Services

Karen Jefferis prepares, manages, and implements the annual budget for the Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs. She provides monthly financial management reports for operating, restricted, and foundation funds as well as providing assistance with the payroll functions. She manages and tracks the funding for the Dual-Career, Partner Program, UMRP programs, and various awards for the faculty. In addition, Karen manages the budget for the president’s office. Karen has been with the university since 2008 and holds a bachelor's in accounting from the University of Oregon.

Chris KrabielChris Krabiel
Assistant Vice Provost for Budget and Strategy

Chris Krabiel assists on the university’s budget and strategy inclusive of university special projects. Chris is also the associate dean of finance and administration for the College of Education, serving the college since May 2015. Other previous university roles include interim CIO for the university from February 2016 to May of 2017. Prior to joining UO Chris worked as an executive in the casino resort industry for over 25 years in capacities ranging from CFO, VP of finance and operations, to regional general manager.

Rocco LuiereRocco Luiere
Assistant Vice Provost for Budget and Strategy

Rocco Luiere’s work in OPAA focuses on the effective deployment of university resources within the academic units, particularly as it relates to strategic planning, forecasting, analysis, and general administrative operating issues. Prior to joining the University of Oregon in 2013, he spent 17 years in corporate finance and operations in the telecommunications, entertainment, and gaming and hospitality industries. He holds a BS in business management and marketing from Cornell University and an MBA with concentrations in finance, corporate accounting, and operations management from the Simon Business School at the University of Rochester.

Melanie MuenzerMelanie Muenzer
Associate Vice President and Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives

In her position within the Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs, Melanie Muenzer focuses on key academic initiatives and institutional priorities, working closely with deans, vice presidents, and the Office of the President. Melanie came to the university from the U.S. Department of Education where she served as White House liaison, chief of staff in the policy office, and deputy assistant secretary for higher education policy. Prior to her work at the Department of Education, she served on President Obama’s 2008 campaign and his Presidential Transition Team.

Scott PrattScott Pratt
Executive Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

As executive vice provost for academic affairs, Scott Pratt's work is focused on defining and implementing high-priority academic initiatives for the university. Prior to joining OPAA in 2017, Scott had been vice provost and dean of the graduate school since 2015. Over his 20-year career at the university, Scott has held many roles, including associate dean of the humanities; director of graduate studies and director of undergraduate studies in the philosophy department; and department head. His research and teaching interests are in American philosophy (including pragmatism, America feminism, philosophies of race, and Native American philosophy), philosophy of education, and the history of logic. He has published seven books including American Philosophy from Wounded Knee the Present (Bloomsbury, 2015), a comprehensive history of philosophy in North America from 1890.

Sonja RunbergSonja Runberg
Associate Director of Operations

Sonja Runberg provides executive support for Scott Pratt, executive vice provost for academic affairs. She manages executives’ calendars, prepares executives for meetings and events, and assists with committee efforts. Sonja is responsible for tracking sabbatical applications and reports, staffing search committees, and representing the office in diversity endeavors. Additionally, she manages the Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs’ participation in commencement and convocation exercises.

Doneka ScottDoneka R. Scott
Associate Vice Provost for Student Success

Doneka R. Scott is responsible for developing and implementing strategic priorities for student advising and student engagement initiatives, as well as for facilitating reform of relevant university policies and procedures. Doneka works closely with Institutional Research, Enrollment Management, Student Life, Equity and Inclusion, and other campus bodies engaged in research and assessment of student drop out patterns and intervention opportunities promoting graduation. Additionally, oversees the implementation and leveraging of the university’s primary student success tool, EAB’s Student Success Collaborative Campus.

Anna ShambleAnna Shamble
Senior Project Manager

Anna Shamble manages projects for the Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs, working closely and collaboratively with units reporting to the provost and president. She also coordinates tenure-related faculty hires and the supplemental hires program. Anna holds a BS in Mathematics from Santa Clara University and an MS in Conflict & Dispute Resolution from the University of Oregon. She worked in telecommunications before joining the UO team in 2011. Before joining OPAA in 2016, Anna worked at the UO School of Law's Conflict & Dispute Resolution master’s program for five years, most recently serving as managing director.

Interim Vice President for Research and Innovation Brad SheltonBrad Shelton
Executive Vice Provost for Academic Operations

Brad Shelton is the chief academic officer charged with the implementation and maintenance of the university’s academic budget allocation systems. Brad has been with the university since 1985, serving as interim vice president for research and innovation from 2014-2016 and head of the Department of Mathematics from 2001-2008. Brad’s research focus is in non-commutative ring theory, Koszul algebras, generalizations of Koszul algebras, and non-commutative algebraic geometry.  

Chuck TriplettCharles Lee Triplett III
Assistant Vice President for University Initiatives and Collaborations

Chuck Triplett began working at the University of Oregon in September 2014. Chuck works with the president, provost, and senior leadership to provide executive-level staffing, information, strategic planning, and other high-level support. Prior to joining the University of Oregon, Chuck served as chief of staff and board secretary for the State Board of Higher Education and Chancellor’s Office.

Kathy Warden
Director of Operations

Kathy Warden is the Director of Operations, overseeing administrative and human resource operations. She staffs executive-level searches and is the UO curriculum coordinator, working closely with the Committee on Courses. Kathy has been with the university since 2010. Prior to coming to the university, Kathy worked in the manufacturing industry for sixteen years serving most of those years as a human resources representative. She holds a bachelor's in business administration from Eastern Oregon University.

Angela WilhelmsAngela Wilhelms
Interim Chief of Staff

As interim chief of staff, Angela Wilhelms assists the provost in accomplishing his goals for the institution’s academic mission and oversees the general operations of the Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs. Angela also serves the UO as the university secretary, managing the affairs of the institution’s Board of Trustees. Angela came to the University of Oregon from Portland, where she practiced corporate and government affairs law; prior to that, she served for many years as a chief of staff for the Oregon House Minority Leader and Oregon House Co-Speaker.