Jo Anne J. Trow (then Jo Anne Johnson) came to Oregon State University in 1965 to serve as the Dean of Women. In 1969 the university appointed Trow as Associate Dean of Students after a structural reorganization eliminated the Dean of Women position. A year later, she married Clifford W. Trow, a faculty member in the Oregon State University History Department. Jo Anne Trow was one of the central figures in a group of campus women who addressed issues of inequality faced by female faculty, such as salary parity. These discussions and activities eventually led to the formation of the OSU Women’s Network, the Women's Center, and the President's Commission on the Status of Women. In 1984, Trow was named Vice President for Student Affairs -- the first female vice president at Oregon State. She retired in 1995.
Jo Anne Trow has been active in a number of community organizations such as the Corvallis Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and the Old Mill Center for Children and Families. She has received many honors, including the Howland Special Achievement Award and Corvallis Senior First Citizen, in recognition of her civic actvities.
Trow earned a BA in Sociology at Denison University in 1953 and an MA in Counseling and Guidance, with a minor in Sociology, at Indiana University in 1956. She completed her Ph.D. in Student Personnel Administration in 1965 at Michigan State University. Trow served as Assistant Dean of Women at Denison University (1953-1954) and Washington State University (1959-1963) before joining the faculty of Oregon State University in 1965.
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