OSU-Cascades names Katie Wilson as associate dean for student life

Katie Wilson, incoming associate dean of student life
Katie Wilson will join OSU-Cascades as associate dean for student life on May 17.
March 6, 2024

Katie Wilson has been appointed associate dean for student life at Oregon State University - Cascades and will lead strategies and activities that support the engagement and success of undergraduate and graduate students. She will start on May 17.

“I’m delighted to welcome Katie to the OSU-Cascades’ leadership team and to add her breadth of expertise and experience in student affairs as we expand the campus and grow a diverse and engaged student body,” said Sherm Bloomer, chancellor and dean of OSU-Cascades.

At OSU-Cascades, Wilson will oversee student life activities, residential housing and dining, student leadership development and student recreation. She will also support the health and wellness staff, who are led by OSU Student Health Services in Corvallis, and will serve as the primary liaison to the OSU Division of Student Affairs.

Wilson brings more than 20 years of experience in student affairs leadership to her new role. She served as senior director for student engagement at Miami University in Ohio before becoming the inaugural director of the university’s then newly constructed Armstrong Student Center in 2013. There she led the development of student governance and board participation; on-campus student engagement; disability access, improvements and compliance; diversity and inclusivity initiatives; and management of the 250,000 square foot student center. She led a team of six professional and 70 student staff members.

Prior to joining Miami University, Wilson served as director of student involvement and activities at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas and served in student affairs roles at Oregon State in Corvallis, the University of Oregon, Southern Oregon University and Stony Brook University in New York.

Wilson holds a bachelors degrees in history and religious studies, both from the University of Virginia, a masters degree in college student personnel services from Miami University, and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Oregon.

About OSU-Cascades:  Oregon State University’s campus in Bend brings higher education to Central Oregon, the fastest growing region in the state. Surrounded by mountains, forest and high desert, OSU-Cascades is a highly innovative campus of a top-tier land grant research university, offering small classes that accelerate faculty-student mentoring and experiential learning. Degree programs meet industry and economic needs in areas such as innovation and entrepreneurship, natural ecosystems, health and wellness, and arts and sciences, and prepare students for tomorrow’s challenges. OSU-Cascades is expanding to serve 3,000 to 5,000 students, building a 128-acre campus with net-zero goals.