Leadership & Staff

janet provost Janet Woodruff-Borden
Acting Provost and Executive Vice President
Executive support: Suzette Howard

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.

sarah allen Sarah Allen
Executive Assistant

Sarah Allen provides executive support to Kassy Fisher, chief of staff, and Sierra Dawson, associate vice provost for faculty and leadership development. Prior to joining the Office of the Provost, Sarah served as the office operations manager for University Advancement and accounts payable specialist for the UO Foundation. Sarah holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Oregon.

Ron Bramhall Ron Bramhall
Associate Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
Executive support: Carolyn Vogt

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, Ron served on the management faculty in the Lundquist College of Business for 14 years where he taught business leadership, communication, and the legal environment of business, and directed the business honors program for five 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.

Sung-Woo Cho Sung-Woo Cho
Associate Vice Provost for Academic Data Analytics
Executive support: Noemi Sepe

In his role, Sung-Woo Cho assists in enhancing the culture of academic data use across the university and promotes the use of advanced methods for predictive and evaluative purposes. Sung-Woo joined the UO in 2020 as a research associate professor in the College of Education, where he maintains an appointment. His main areas of research have been in higher education, workforce training, and evaluation design. He holds a bachelor of arts in public policy and economics from Stanford University and a PhD in economics and education from Columbia University.

sierra dawson Sierra Dawson
Associate Vice Provost for Faculty & Leadership Development
Executive Support: Sarah Allen

Sierra Dawson’s current work focuses on faculty and leadership development. This includes the coordination and facilitation of programs for new faculty (New Faculty Onboarding, the September Institute for New Faculty, and the year-long UO New Faculty Success Program and New Faculty Group Mentorship Program) and for new and returning unit heads (Summit for Academic Leaders, New Unit Head Onboarding and the year-long Unit Head Training programs). Sierra also co-coordinates and co-facilitates the UO Leadership Academy, and provides oversight and coordination of the Provost’s Fellows program. Sierra joined the UO faculty in 2003 in the Department of Human Physiology, where she loved teaching large classes in Human Anatomy or Human Physiology using active learning strategies to make the big class feel small, and Directing the Graduate Post-Professional Athletic Training Program. Sierra is passionate about supporting the continual growth of those around her whether they be students, faculty, or administrative leaders.


Troy Elias
Associate Vice Provost for Diversity & Inclusion
Executive Support: Brad Lowery

In the Office of the Provost, Troy serves as the primary liaison and convener of the Active Recruitment Team, coordinates relevant trainings for faculty and tenure-track faculty search committees, develop initiatives to advance diversity, inclusion, and equity in faculty-related matters, and works with campus partners to advance campus-wide best practices in hiring and retention of faculty from diverse backgrounds. Troy is also a faculty member in the School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC) and served as the director of the advertising sequence from 2021 to 2022. He managed a program with annual enrollment at approximately 700 students, making advertising a top ten major at the university and the largest sequence in the SOJC. Troy is a graduate of Claflin University, a Historically Black College and University (HBCU), where he majored in Computer Science; and The Ohio State University, where he earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in Strategic Communication.

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Kassy Fisher
Chief of Staff
Executive Support: Sarah Allen

As chief of staff, Kassy Fisher supports the provost in accomplishing goals related to the university’s academic mission and oversees the Office of the Provost’s general operations. Kassy has worked at the University of Oregon since 2006. She spent six years as associate vice president for campus services and chief of staff to the vice president for finance and administration and, before that, worked in the Graduate School, 2006-2015, where she served as assistant dean and director of finance and administration. Kassy holds a master’s degree in education and a bachelor’s degree in English, both from Salisbury University in Maryland.

Carol Gering Carol Gering
Associate Vice Provost for Online and Distance Education
Executive Support: Carolyn Vogt

Carol Gering is the associate vice provost for Online and Distance Education, and assists in enhancing and strengthening the UO’s infrastructure for online and distance education by creating partnerships with academic departments across the university. Prior to joining the University of Oregon, Carol worked for the University of Alaska-Fairbanks (UAF) as the executive director of eLearning and Distance Education. She has been serving in various capacities related to distance education since 1994. Carol holds a BS from Southern Nazarene University, an MA in curriculum and instruction from UAF, and an interdisciplinary PhD in online education and psychology from UAF.

suzette howard Suzette Howard
Operations Manager and Executive Assistant

Suzette Howard is the executive assistant to the provost and senior vice president. She also serves as the operations manager for the Office of the Provost. 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.

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Karen Jefferis
Director of Financial Services

Karen Jefferis prepares, manages, and implements the annual budget for the Office of the Provost. 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, IEF, and various awards for the faculty. In addition, Karen manages the budget for the Office of the President. Karen has been with the university since 2008 and holds a bachelor's in accounting from the University of Oregon.

Kimberly Johnson

Kimberly Johnson
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Student Success

Kimberly Johnson is responsible for setting the strategic direction for undergraduate student success efforts, developing and implementing strategic priorities for student advising, and student engagement initiatives. She also handles facilitating reform of relevant university policies and procedures. Kimberly works closely with Institutional Research, Student Services and Enrollment Management, Student Life, Equity and Inclusion, the University Senate, UO Advancement, and other campus bodies to develop, promote, and execute overarching evidenced-based student success, student engagement, and timely graduation initiatives.

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Judy Kanavle
Project Manager

Judy Kanavle is a project manager in the Office of the Provost. Judy holds a BS in Environmental Economics from UC Berkeley and an MPA from Columbia University. Prior to joining University of Oregon, Judy was a Director of a satellite campus at Mendocino Community College in California. Judy is also a trained facilitator and has project management experience in the non-profit sector.

Katy Krieger Katy Krieger
Project Manager

Katy Krieger has spent the last three years in various leadership roles associated with the University of Oklahoma’s composition program. Prior to that, Katy worked for six years in higher education managing international programs, coordinating research projects, teaching, running assessment projects, and developing curricula. Katy will complete her doctoral degree in English Literature and Cultural Studies from the University of Oklahoma this spring. She holds a master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and a bachelor’s degree in English and Psychology, both from Oregon State University.

Cass Moseley Cass Moseley
Vice Provost for Academic Operations and Strategy
Executive support: Noemi Sepe

Cassandra Moseley is the vice provost for academic operations and strategy and serves on the executive team of the Provost and Senior Vice President. Prior to joining the Office of the Provost, she was in the Office of the Research and Innovation at the University of Oregon (UO) for eight years, most recently in the role as interim vice president for research and innovation from July 2020-June 2022. She joined the UO in 2001 and has had a distinguished career as a scientist and scholar. Moseley is a research professor in the Institute for Resilient Organizations, Communities, and the Environment (formerly the Institute for a Sustainable Environment) and is a core faculty member of the Environmental Studies Program. Her research focuses on identifying natural resource policies that benefit both the environment and rural communities. She studies wildfire management in the West and has testified before Congress as a natural resource policy expert. Moseley received her bachelor’s in mathematics and government from Cornell University and her doctorate in political science from Yale University.

gabe Gabe Paquette
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
Executive support: Sarah Allen

In his role as vice provost for academic affairs, Gabe Paquette oversees faculty review processes, including those related to tenure and promotion. Paquette joined the UO as dean of the Clark Honors College in 2018. A professor of History, he is the author of three books, including The European Seaborne Empires (2019). He also coordinated the UO’s Calderwood Seminars in Public Writing program. Paquette taught for almost a decade at The Johns Hopkins University, where he directed the Latin American Studies Program. In addition to his scholarship, he contributes semi-regularly to publications such as the Times Literary Supplement, History Today, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. Paquette received his PhD from the University of Cambridge. 

Lee Rumbarger Lee Rumbarger
Associate Vice Provost for Teaching Engagement
Director, TEP
Executive support: Pam Joslin

Lee Rumbarger directs UO’s professional teaching development program, including the Teaching Engagement Program’s (TEP) slate of events and network of faculty learning and leadership communities (CAITs), which form around key teaching issues such as high-challenge gateway courses and teaching about difference and inequality. She partners with the Teaching Academy board to host UO’s distinguished teachers as an advisory group to the provost and chairs the provost’s Teaching Success group. Lee serves on the University Senate core education and teaching evaluation committees. She holds a PhD in English from the University of Texas at Austin and has worked in administrative and teaching roles at Vassar College and the University Exeter in the United Kingdom.

Noemi Sepe Noemi Sepe
Executive Assistant

In her role as an executive assistant, Noemi Sepe provides support to Cass Moseley, vice provost for academic operations and strategy, Sung-Woo Cho, associate vice provost for academic data analytics, and Adell Amos, Environment Initiative executive director. Prior to coming to the University of Oregon, Noemi worked in human resources and accounting within various industries. Noemi holds a BS in business from California State University Channel Islands. 

Anna Shamble Anna Shamble
Senior Project Manager

Anna Shamble manages projects for the Office of the Provost, 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 and dispute resolution from the University of Oregon. She worked in telecommunications before joining the UO team in 2011. Before joining the provost's office in 2016, Anna worked at the UO School of Law's conflict and dispute resolution master’s program for five years, most recently serving as managing director.

Interim Vice President for Research and Innovation Brad Shelton Brad Shelton
Executive Vice Provost for Academic Operations
Executive Support: Jove Rousseau

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, and non-commutative algebraic geometry.

Rhonda Smith Rhonda Smith
Dual Career Liaison

Rhonda Smith works with dual career partners to find long-term positions on or off campus. After 20 years of experience in career advising and employment-related programs, she understands that personalized services create successful collaborations. Most recently, Rhonda was the career services director in the UO School of Planning, Public Policy and Management where she advised graduate students on career development and job search strategies. In her previous role in human resources at the City of Eugene, she managed the career development assistance program for 1,500 employees.

Carolyn Vogt Carolyn Vogt
Executive Assistant

Carolyn Vogt joined the Office of the Provost in 2018 as executive assistant.  She supports the associate vice provost for academic excellence and the associate vice provost for online education. In addition, she serves as the operations manager for UO Online and is the UO curriculum coordinator for the UO Committee on Courses. Prior to coming to UO, she was the executive assistant to the president and vice president of a large Eugene company.