Leadership & Staff

Patrick Phillips Patrick Phillips
Provost and Senior Vice President
Executive support: Suzette Howard

Patrick C. Phillips is the provost and senior vice president of the University of Oregon. He began serving as provost on July 1, 2019. Before becoming provost, Patrick was the inaugural executive director of the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact and was responsible for developing the plan to bring the campus to fruition. He is a professor of biology and has been at the UO since 2000. In his time at UO, Patrick has been the director of the Institute of Ecology and Evolution; head of the Department of Biology; associate vice president for research; and special advisor to President Michael H. Schill. 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 PhD from the University of Chicago in 1991.

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

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 for new and returning unit heads (Summit for Academic Leaders, New Unit Head Onboarding and the year-long Unit Head Training program). Sierra also co-coordinates and co-facilitates the UO Leadership Academy, and provides support for the Provost’s Fellows for Leadership and Mentorship. Sierra joined the UO faculty in 2003 in the Department of Human Physiology, where she continues to teach pedagogy-orientated courses for both graduate and undergraduate students. Sierra is passionate about supporting the continual growth of those around her whether they be students, faculty, or administrative leaders.

Renee Dorjahn Renée 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. Renée 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.

Kassy Fisher headshot Kassy Fisher
Chief of Staff

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 and to the chief of staff. 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.

Chris Krabiel Chris Krabiel
Assistant Vice Provost for Budget and Strategy

Chris Krabiel assists with the university’s budget and strategy inclusive of university special projects. Chris is also the associate dean of finance and operations 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 2017. Prior to joining UO, Chris worked as an executive in the casino resort industry for over 25 years in capacities ranging from CFO to VP of finance and operations to regional general manager.

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.

brad lowary Brad Lowary
Executive Assistant

Brad Lowary provides executive support to Janet Woodruff-Borden, executive vice provost for academic affairs, and Gabe Paquette, vice provost for academic affairs. Prior to joining the Office of the Provost, Brad served as an executive assistant at the School of Journalism and Communication, managing the faculty review, promotion, and tenure process. Before joining the UO, he was a partner assistant for a large corporate law firm in New York. 

Gabe Paquette picture Gabe Paquette
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
Executive support: Brad Lowary

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 coordinates 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 Charles Lee Triplett III, associate vice president for academic infrastructure, Sung-Woo Cho the assistant vice provost for academic data analytics, and Adell Amos the Environment Initiative 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.

Chuck Triplett Charles Lee Triplett III
Associate Vice President for Academic Infrastructure
Executive support: Noemi Sepe

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. He serves as the regional Accreditation Liaison Officer, advises leadership on state-level policy issues, and supports the development and allocation of infrastructure to support the academic mission of the university. Prior to joining the Office of the Provost, Chuck served as chief of staff and board secretary for the former Oregon State Board of Higher Education and Chancellor’s Office.

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.

Janet Woodruff Janet Woodruff-Borden
Executive Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
Executive support: Brad Lowary

Janet Woodruff-Borden, Ph.D., Executive Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, University of Oregon, leads the academic and faculty affairs efforts for the Office of the Provost. She oversees tenure-track and non-tenure track faculty hiring and review; faculty union relations; academic policy; teaching engagement; online education; faculty development and support; academic program development, approval, and review; and strategic academic affairs initiatives. She previously served as vice provost and dean of the UO Graduate School. She came to UO from the University of Louisville where she was professor of psychological and brain sciences. She held a number of administrative positions throughout her career at Louisville, including director of graduate studies for the clinical psychology doctoral program and associate dean for graduate studies in the College of Arts and 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.