Stuart E. Knapp, a faculty member in Veterinary Medicine, was appointed Assistant Dean of Faculty for Undergraduate Instruction in 1970 and the following year (in 1971) as the first Dean of Undergraduate Studies. This was a new administrative position established to strengthen abilities and focus greater attention on undergraduate instruction at Oregon State University. The Dean of Undergraduate Studies reported directly to the President.
Knapp held the position of Dean of Undergraduate Studies until he left Oregon State University in 1978 to become Vice-President for Academic Affairs at Montana State University.
Judith L. Kuipers joined the Oregon State University administration as Dean of Undergraduate Studies in the fall of 1979 and held the position until 1984, when she became the Vice President for Academic Affairs at the California State University - Fresno. The functions of the Dean of Undergraduate Studies were assumed by the Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs, which was established in the mid-1980s.
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