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Marianne Vydra Oral History Interview. May 27, 2015

Marianne Vydra Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Janice Dilg.

May 27, 2015

Location:  Valley Library, Oregon State University.

Marianne Vydra (b. 1963) is the highest-ranking female administrator in the OSU Athletic Department. A member of the Athletic Department staff since 1992, Vydra initially came to Corvallis to work as an academic counselor. In 1996 she was promoted to Associate Athletic Director for Academic and Student Services, and in 1998 she became the Athletic Department's Senior Women's Administrator. In this capacity, Vydra has been central to a number of initiatives, playing a key role in the forward advancement of women's sports at the university and helping to found the popular Beavers Without Borders international service program. In her interview, Vydra discusses her path through athletics administration, the great strides made by the Athletic Department during her years at OSU, and the legacy of Title IX in propelling women's intercollegiate athletics programs across the country.