Jo Anne Johnson came to OSU in 1964 to serve as the Dean of Women. In 1969 the university appointed Jo Anne as Associate Dean of Students after a structural reorganization eliminated the Dean of Women post. A year later, Jo Anne married state legislator and History Department faculty Cliff Trow. Jo Anne 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 and the Women's Center. In 1983 Jo Anne was named Vice President for Student Affairs, becoming the first woman at OSU to hold a vice presidency position. She retired in 1995.
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, Jo Anne has received many honors including the Howland Special Achievement Award and "Senior First Citizen" of Corvallis.
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