Oregon State University has named Brenda McComb, current chair of the forest ecosystems and society department, dean of the graduate school.

McComb, an expert in relationships between wildlife and forest habitats who has mentored many graduate students, succeeds the recently retired Sally Francis. McComb begins her responsibilities as dean on April 18.

OSU's graduate school enrolls 3,723 graduate students; 1,260 are pursuing doctoral degrees; 1,806 are pursuing master's degrees and 657 are taking graduate coursework but not currently seeking a degree. The university offers 70 master's degree programs and 54 doctoral programs.

In a news release, McComb said she hopes to increase the graduate school's visibility and effectiveness and aim to align it with OSU's strategic plan, as well as explore interdisciplinary degree programs and focus on the well-being of graduate students and advisors.

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