Anita Azarenko has been named interim vice provost for the division of university outreach and engagement at Oregon State University and director of the OSU Extension Service, according to a news release.
Azarenko will replace Scott Reed, who will retire from OSU on July 31.
Azarenko has more than 30 years of experience in a wide range of leadership roles at OSU, having led the department of horticulture in the College of Agricultural Sciences, served as associate dean for the graduate school and worked as a special assistant to the vice president for finance and administration.
For the past three years, Azarenko has served as OSU’s associate vice president for university facilities, infrastructure and operations. She has been responsible for the maintenance, operations, renovations and construction of all OSU facilities and grounds. She also led the implementation of the university’s 10-year capital forecast and annual capital improvement and renewal plans.
“Anita’s impressive leadership experience in OSU academic and administrative units makes her uniquely qualified to lead the university’s efforts to provide all Oregonians and their communities with localized engagement services and education programs offered through OSU Extension and 4-H,” said Ed Feser, OSU provost and executive vice president, in the news release.
Azarenko will serve as interim vice provost while a national search is conducted to replace Reed. Her new appointment is effective July 7.
—by Jonelle Mejica