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Academic Leaders

Thomas Greene, EdD, Provost

Tom Greene

Thomas Greene's professional appointments over 46 years have ranged from teacher and professor to superintendent and Provost. He has also served as associate superintendent in two large Oregon school districts: Beaverton and Gresham.

Before becoming the University's Provost, Dr. Greene served as the Dean of the Graduate School and Associate Provost.

He completed his doctorate in a joint degree program at University of Oregon and Portland State University, his master degree at Lewis and Clark College, and his undergraduate degree at Portland State University.

John Orr, PhD, Assistant Provost

John Orr
John Orr is Assistant Provost for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement.  His office oversees the Honors Program, Fellowships and Grants, and Undergraduate Research.  In addition, he is a Professor in the English Department.

Dr. Robin Anderson, Dean of the Pamplin School of Business and the Franz Chair in Entrepreneurship

Robin Anderson

In 1988, Dr. Anderson was named the Robert W. Franz Chair for Entrepreneurship at the University of Portland where he created the Entrepreneur Scholars Program that is the only educational program to twice be selected for the National Model Program Award. He founded the Franz Chair for Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, which has received the NASDAQ Center of Excellence Award and has been ranked in top tier of Entrepreneurship Centers. In 2006, Dr. Anderson became Dean of the Pamplin School of Business Administration and has worked closely with the faculty to develop a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation which has led to graduates becoming preferred hires in their fields and the Pamplin School integrated into the business community.

Dr. Gary Malecha, Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Gary Malecha

Dr. Malecha will serve as interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences during the 2017 - 2018 academic year. He joined the University of Portland in 1992.  He has a B.A. in Political Science from St. Thomas (MN) and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame.  He is a Professor in the Department of Political Science.

Ms. Xan Arch, Dean of the Library

Xan Arch
Xan Arch joined the University of Portland in 2015 as Dean of the Clark Library. Xan has a B.A. in English and French Literatures and a M.A. in English Literature from Stanford University. She earned her M.S. in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University in 2007.

Dr. Sharon Jones, Dean of the Shiley School of Engineering

Sharon Jones

Sharon Jones is the Dean of the Shiley School of Engineering. She is a licensed civil engineer with degrees from Columbia University, the University of Florida, and Carnegie Mellon University. Her research interests focus on applying decision-making methods to evaluate sustainability policies with emphases on infrastructure, developing economies, and particular industrial sectors. She is also interested in engineering pedagogy, promoting diversity in the engineering profession, and developing opportunities to bridge engineering and the liberal arts.

Mr. Jason McDonald, Dean of Admissions

Jason McDonald

Jason S. McDonald joined the university in 1997 and has been Dean of Admissions since 2006.  Jason earned his degrees;  Bachelor of Arts at Whitman College and Ed.M. at Washington State University.

Dr. Joane Moceri, Dean of the School of Nursing

Joane Moceri

Joane T. Moceri is the Dean of the School of Nursing at the University of Portland (2015-present).  She joined UP in 2012 as an associate professor and began service as the Associate Dean for the Undergraduate Program in May of 2013.  Currently, she is co-chair of the UP President’s Advisory Committee On Inclusion, and serves on the Catholic Charities Board of Directors.   Dean Moceri reviews for the Journal of Cultural Diversity, Nursing Education Perspective, and Qualitative Health Research, serves as an evaluator for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, is a member of the Western Institute for Nursing and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nurses.  Dean Moceri received her baccalaureate, masters and doctoral degree in nursing from the University of Washington. 

Dr. John Watzke, Dean of the School of Education

John Watzke

John L. Watzke joined the University as dean of the School of Education in 2010. His research and work has focused on the development and support of teaching communities, teacher performance assessment, professional development and educational policy. Affirming the belief that theory should be connected to practice, he maintains his teacher certification in foreign language education. Dr. Watzke is a founding member of the International Society for Language Studies, a 501c(6) non-profit, organized in 2002 by scholars united in their goal to create an interdisciplinary society of scholars and practitioners from fields such medicine, law, the arts and social sciences engaged in language studies. Dr. Watzke earned his bachelor of arts, master of arts, and doctor of philosophy degrees from the University of Iowa.

Dr. Steven Kolmes, Molter Chair in Science

Steven Kolmes

Steven A. Kolmes is Director of the Environmental Studies Program, Professor of Biology, and occupant of the Rev. John Molter, C.S.C., Chair in Science at the University of Portland. Dr. Kolmes has degrees in Zoology from Ohio University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His interests are in the areas of salmon recovery planning, combining ethical and scientific analyses in environmental policy discussions, water and air quality issues, and the sublethal effects of pesticides. Dr. Kolmes teaches courses in marine biology, invertebrate zoology, environmental science, animal behavior, and team-teaches a course entitled theology in ecological perspective with Theologian Dr. Russell Butkus.

Dr. Kenneth Lulay, Margaret M. and Vincent P. Aquino Professorship in Engineering

Ken Lulay

Ken Lulay is the chair of the mechanical engineering program and is the Margaret M. and Vincent P. Aquino Endowed Associate Professor in Engineering.   He received a Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Portland and a Doctor of Philosophy from University of Washington.  He has practiced engineering as a design engineer (Hyster Company, Portland) and manufacturing research and development engineer (Boeing, Seattle) for 11 years.  His research interests include technical and historical aspects of failure analysis, and history of engineering and industry in the Pacific Northwest.  Pedagogical research includes development of both laboratory and design curricula that span multiple course in mechanical engineering curriculum.