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Larry Roper Oral History Interview. November 7, 2014

Larry Roper Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Janice Dilg.

November 7, 2014

Location:  Valley Library, Oregon State University.

Larry Roper (b. 1953) served as Vice Provost for Student Affairs from 1995 to his retirement from upper administration in 2014. During his years as Vice Provost, Roper proved instrumental to a number of university initiatives, including the OSU "Campus Compact," the development of the first-year experience program, and a university-wide assessment effort. Roper, who is one of the first African American upper administrators in Oregon State history, has also been central to a variety of diversity actions both on campus and in the community. A faculty member in the OSU Ethnic Studies department, Roper now directs both the College Student Services Administration program as well as the undergraduate minor in Social Justice. His interview traces his progression as a leader within academia; documents his activities and contacts at Oregon State; and reflects on both the continuing issues and the gradual progress of diversity enhancement at OSU.