Taking the Lead


Strong donor support and the success of our campaign have helped the UO recruit new leaders across campus—visionaries with ambitious plans for the future. Continued philanthropic support will enable them to achieve their aspirational goals.

Marcilynn Burke
Dean of Law and Dave Frohnmayer Chair

Starting July, 2017

JD, Yale Law School
AB, International Studies, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Currently associate dean and associate professor of law at the University of Houston Law Center
In 2011 President Barack Obama asked Burke to serve as acting assistant secretary for land and minerals management for the U.S. Department of Interior.

“With highly ranked programs in environmental law, legal writing and dispute resolution, the UO feels like a natural fit for me. The university is past the halfway mark for its historic $2 billion campaign, and that level of donor support is inspiring.”

Sarah Nutter
Edward Maletis Dean, Lundquist College of Business
Started January, 2017

PhD, Accounting, Michigan State University
MBA, Michigan State University
BS, Accounting, Ferris State University

Developed executive education courses for governmental agencies and companies, including Oracle Corporation, Time Warner, and Sallie Mae

“Philanthropic work is an important and joyful piece of what I do. I love it because it is a remarkable privilege to give people the opportunity to partner with us to change lives. We think big, but at the same time our goal is to change lives one person at a time.”

Juan-Carlos Molleda
Edwin L. Artzt Dean and Professor, School of Journalism and Communication

Started July, 2016

PhD, Journalism and Mass Communication, University of South Carolina
MS, Corporate and Professional Communication, Radford University
BS, Audiovisual Journalism, Universidad del Zulia, Maracaibo, Venezuela
US Fulbright Senior Specialist
Board member, The LAGRANT Foundation 

“Our students go on to change the world through high-impact storytelling and professional, ethical advertising, journalism, media, and public relations. They hone these skills in our experiential learning programs, such as Science and Memory, Media in Ghana, and many student-run agencies and publications. By making these programs possible, our donors give them the tools, in a tangible way, to succeed and make a difference.”

Christoph Lindner
Professor and Dean, School of Architecture and Allied Arts

Started August, 2016

PhD, English Literature, University of Edinburgh
MSc with distinction, English Literature, University of Edinburgh
BA cum laude, English and Fine Art, The Colorado College

Previously Professor of Media and Culture and director of the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam. 
Lindner is an interdisciplinary urban and cultural theorist whose work spans the fields of architecture, geography, media arts, visual culture, and urban planning and design.

“I chose to come to the UO because of the collaborative, interdisciplinary community that exists here. A great privilege of working at a university is that you get to follow ideas where they lead you—that’s impossible without donor support.”

W. Andrew Marcus
Donald and Willie Tykeson Dean of Arts and Sciences 

Permanently appointed May, 2016

PhD, Geography, University of Colorado 
MA, Geography, Arizona State University
BS, Geology, Stanford University, Phi Beta Kappa

Dr. Marcus’s work focuses on human impacts on rivers. His research on the Yellowstone ecosystem was a driving force behind the Atlas of Yellowstone (2012), for which he was senior editor. It is the first comprehensive atlas of a national park.

“The College of Arts and Sciences is the intellectual hub of the UO. A liberal arts education gives students the tools to ask the hardest questions, challenge the frontiers of knowledge, and prepare for jobs that do not yet exist. Philanthropic gifts have touched every one of our 46 degree programs.”

David Conover 
Vice President for Research and Innovation

Started August, 2016

MS and PhD, Fisheries Biology, University of Massachusetts
BS, Biology, Eckerd College

Former vice president of research at Stony Brook University and director of the Division of Ocean Sciences at the National Science Foundation

“Many innovations that improve the quality of life for people come from discoveries at universities. Part of my responsibility here is to help this university advance knowledge in ways that help society, but also to help society understand the benefits that the UO brings to the state, the region and the nation. In this context, private gifts supporting research are playing an increasingly important role in helping us obtain federal funding and grants, further enhancing discovery and innovation.”