Sherman Bloomer, the dean of Oregon State University's College of Science, will become director of OSU's Office of Budgets and Fiscal Planning effective Feb. 1, the university announced Thursday.
A marine geologist by training, Bloomer joined the OSU faculty in 1995 and was named dean of the College of Science five years later.
In his new position, he will oversee and plan OSU's finances, including its $900 million operating budget. The position has been vacant since April, when former director Brian Meara resigned.
During Bloomer's tenure as the head of the College of Science, faculty members have increased the college's research backing from $13 million to nearly $19 million last year, with the majority of that money coming from federal sources.
Bloomer's experience in university-wide fiscal analysis, as well as management of large budgets within the College of Science, will be valuable assets in his new role, OSU Provost and Executive Vice President Sabah Randhawa said.
Randhawa said he would launch an immediate internal search for an interim leader of the college, and a national search for permanent leadership.