Until his appointment as vice provost in April 2007, Scott had been dean and director of the OSU Extension Service since 2005. He has served at Oregon State since 1990 in various College of Forestry roles, including professor, executive associate dean and Extension program leader. He holds a Ph.D. in policy and economics from University of Minnesota and bachelor and master of science degrees in forestry from Michigan State University. Before coming to OSU, Scott coordinated activities at the University of Minnesota Cloquet Forestry Center while serving as an outreach specialist in timber harvesting and economic development. He has prior experience with the Potlatch Corporation.
Scott is active with the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and frequently contributes to development of national policy advancing the outreach capacities of land grant universities. He is former president of the Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals, and serves on the boards of Rural Development Initiatives, Inc., the Engagement Scholarship Consortium, American Distance Education Consortium and the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board.
Outreach and Engagement—the Vision
Oregon State University is a top-tier land grant institution with community programs, including faculty, staff and offices in every county across the state. Consistent with its Strategic Plan for the 21st Century, OSU is a leading land grant institution and is recognized for its impact on communities in Oregon and beyond.
Oregon residents and people worldwide have access to a growing number of distance educational programs that enhance the economic, environmental and social welfare of society. The knowledge base of OSU is made available through systematically designed priorities within every unit that are designed to be consistent with the expressed needs of communities of place, interest and practice.
Throughout the university, but especially within the OSU Extension Service and Extended Campus, efficiencies are gained through shared operational services and support in order to optimize the value of resources committed to programming. One example is the recent pioneering of an "Open Campus" concept of expanding community-based educational opportunities.
Partnerships define much of the work of the division, both within and outside of OSU. Collaboration is sought, rewarded and commonly practiced across academic units. Community partnerships with public and private organizations outside the university augment and lever OSU resources.
Evidence of progress in serving the mission of outreach and engagement includes:
- An increasing percentage of the state’s population reached, especially in the Portland metropolis and other urban areas.
- New distance degree programs and courses.
- Development of professional and non-credit distance education opportunities for serving workforce needs.
- Impacts and outcomes evidenced by changed knowledge and behaviors of participants with commensurate social benefits.
- Leveraged resources through new and expanded partnerships with public and private organizations.
- Recognition of quality through designation with Carnegie classification for Curricular Engagement and Outreach and Partnership.