Denny named OSU associate vice provost for engagement

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Marina Denny has been named associate vice provost for engagement for the Oregon State University Division of Extension and Engagement, effective Aug. 31.

As associate vice provost, Denny will build, sustain and implement a compelling vision of the role of Extension and engagement within the university and Oregon communities, and regionally and internationally. She will provide leadership for implementing university-wide, community engaged scholarship. This includes seeking opportunities to create greater collaboration and integration across colleges and divisions.

Denny will also collaborate on leadership for Division of Extension and Engagement operations and its commitments to advance diversity, equity and inclusion in all aspects of its work and for those it serves.

In her more than 20 years working for land-grant universities, Denny has led diverse teams, managed community volunteers, facilitated strategic planning endeavors and collaborated with peers and senior leadership to identify policy changes and training needs.

“I am passionate about working together with people from all walks of life to explore innovative opportunities and bring about positive change,” she said.

Denny comes to OSU from Mississippi State University, where she is an associate professor and Extension specialist in program and staff development in the School of Human Sciences at Mississippi State University. She previously served as a county faculty and county Extension director for the University of Florida.

She earned a doctorate in organizational leadership from Nova Southeastern University and holds two degrees at the University of Florida: A bachelor’s in wildlife ecology and conservation and a master’s in environmental education curriculum and instruction.

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