Dean Casbon leaves, heads to OSU in Bend

Dean Casbon leaves, heads to OSU in Bend

Jay Casbon, dean of Lewis & Clark’s Graduate School of Education, was named campus executive officer of Oregon State University’s new branch campus, OSU Cascades in Bend, in July. His charge: To build a world-class higher education institution virtually from the ground up. Casbon says his seven-year tenure as leader of Lewis & Clark’s graduate school has prepared him for the job.


“I have had the opportunity to collaborate with some amazing individuals at Lewis & Clark,” says Casbon. “I will miss the depth and diversity of our faculty community, and their commitment to innovative academic programming. I hope to take their wisdom into this new chapter in my career as an educator.”


While dean, Casbon supported the acquisition and development of the College’s south campus, where the Graduate School of Education has its new home; garnered $5 million in grants for research and student education; and increased the diversity of the school’s students, faculty, and staff. In addition, he brought two nationally respected programs to the campus: Courage to Teach and the Northwest Small Schools Workshop.


“Jay’s leadership has been invalu-able to Lewis & Clark,” said President Michael Mooney. “Under his guidance, the School of Education has focused its programming, broadened its appeal, and established a new home in Rogers Hall. These achievements will enable the school to build on this high quality to become an educational center of national significance.”


—by Gwenn Stover