New Dean of the Graduate School

June 5, 2018

Members of the campus community,Janet Woodruff-Borden

It is my privilege to announce that Janet Woodruff-Borden has agreed to serve as the next dean of the University of Oregon Graduate School.

Janet is an accomplished professor of psychological and brain sciences at the University of Louisville, where she also serves as associate dean for graduate education in the College of Arts and Sciences.

In Janet we have found a person who can further our goals for graduate education and continue to foster an environment where Oregon is considered a top destination for those seeking a graduate degree.

Janet joined the faculty in Louisville after earning her PhD in clinical psychology at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and completing postdoctoral training at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic at the University of Pittsburgh. She has served in several administrative roles, including director of the psychological services center and director of graduate studies for the clinical psychology doctoral program.

Not only will Janet’s scholarship serve her well in leading the Graduate School, her rich academic administrative experience made her the obvious choice for this position. She will bring a passion for meeting the needs of our graduate students and helping them be successful in their work.

In welcoming Janet, we must also say thank you to Sara Hodges who has served as interim vice provost and dean of the Graduate School since Scott Pratt was chosen as executive vice provost for academic affairs last July.

Sara has brought great momentum to the Graduate School during the last year. Her contributions will have a lasting impact as we continue to emphasize the graduate student experience.

Please join me in congratulating Janet Woodruff-Borden. We look forward to her joining us at UO this summer.


Jayanth Banavar
Provost and Senior Vice President