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Provost Sona K. Andrews

Sona Karentz Andrews is currently the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Portland State University. In that role she is the chief academic officer of the University. Working with deans and other administrators, the Provost collaborates with the campus and external communities to achieve the academic mission and vision of the University. Academic Affairs is the administrative home for all academic units and is responsible for the institutional academic mission, programming and policy implementation, support programs for academic personnel and students, and academic fiscal management.

Dr. Andrews completed her undergraduate degree in Geography from Worcester State College in Massachusetts and her Master’s and Ph.D. in Geography from Arizona State University. She has held faculty positions at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Boise State University, and now at Portland State University. She has held leadership positions in the Provost Office at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; was an American Council on Education Fellow; served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Boise State University; and most recently was the Vice Chancellor for Academic Strategies for the Oregon University System.

Some of her major campus initiatives include:

  • Improving student success
  • Oregon Health & Science University partnerships
  • Enrollment management and budget planning