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Roy Arnold Oral History Interview. September 6, 2013

Roy Arnold Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Adam LaMascus.

September 6, 2013

Location:  Arnold residence, Corvallis, Oregon.

Roy Arnold (b. 1941), a native of Nebraska, completed both a master's degree and a doctorate at Oregon State University in Food Science. For twenty years a faculty member at the University of Nebraska, Arnold came back to OSU in 1987 and, over nineteen more years, served in numerous roles including Dean of the College of Agriculture and University Provost. During his tenure as an upper administrator, Arnold oversaw many of the reductions that were put in place as a result of the passage of the Ballot Measure 5 property tax limitation initiative. He also pushed forward a number of new initiatives at OSU - the University Honors College, the Ethnic Studies department, and a dual admissions/dual enrollment program with Oregon's community colleges were all formed during his years as provost. His interview covers the breadth of his career, focusing primarily upon his long associations with the University of Nebraska and Oregon State University.