Education at OHSU

Office of the Provost

The Office of the Provost is responsible for carrying out the academic mission of OHSU, providing vision, creating strategies and prioritizing resources in ensuring the quality of that mission. In doing so, the office works closely with the executive vice provost, the Office of Student Affairs, deans, faculty and staff to enhance academic excellence, student success and the university's academic profile.

Currently led by Interim Provost and Executive Vice President David Robinson, Ph.D., this office leads and manages a variety of initiatives, processes and services and is devoted to creating a positive and inclusive campus environment. Dr. Robinson works collaboratively with the Office for Student Affairs to ensure academic and student success by providing support programs for academic personnel and students, academic fiscal management, oversight of institutional accreditation, management of academic programs and inter-institutional agreements and the implementation and oversight of academic policies.

The Office of Student Affairs oversees a broad range of services and programs devoted to the social, physical, psychological, financial, ethical and cognitive development of all OHSU students. The office works in partnership with the executive vice provost, faculty, staff and students to enhance student learning inside and outside the classroom.  

David W. Robinson, Ph.D., Interim Provost

David W. Robinson, executive vice provost

Interim Provost David W. Robinson, Ph.D., served as executive vice provost of OHSU since 2010 after more than a year serving as interim provost and vice president for academic affairs.

At OHSU, Robinson’s administrative work at OHSU began in 2000 as the senior technology advisor for research and education. Subsequent to that, he served as vice provost for academic technology, director of educational communications, interim university librarian, vice provost for academic technology and information services and interim provost for education and research.

Robinson was born and raised in rural North Yorkshire, England, before obtaining a B.Sc. in Physiology at University College London and a Ph.D. at Cambridge University. In 1992 he moved to the United States for postdoctoral training at the University of California at Davis, where he subsequently became a research track faculty member before moving to OHSU in 1997.

Robinson holds a faculty appointment as professor in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, School of Medicine, with joint appointments in the Department of Ophthalmology and the Center for Research on Occupational and Environmental Toxicology. Robinson's research interests include gaining a better understanding of the role retinal development plays in the maturation of the circadian and visual systems.