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Becky Johnson Oral History Interview. August 3, 2015

Becky Johnson Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Janice Dilg.

August 3, 2015

Location:  Graduate and Research Center, OSU-Cascades, Bend, Oregon.

Becky Johnson (b. 1955), Vice President for OSU-Cascades, has led OSU's branch campus in central Oregon since 2008. Prior to her shift into administration, Johnson was a natural resources economist in the OSU College of Forestry, whose research and teaching focused on the economic values and impacts of non-market resources. Johnson has been a member of the Oregon State faculty since first arriving in Corvallis in 1984 and her administrative appointments have included several years as Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and International Programs. Her interview provides insight into curricular and demographic shifts that she has observed within the College of Forestry; changes in the leadership roles that women have assumed at OSU in recent decades; the history and growth of OSU-Cascades; and Johnson's sense of challenges and opportunities that are specific to OSU-Cascades and its mission.