Western Oregon selects Provost & VP of Academic Affairs, Dr. Jose Coll

MONMOUTH, Ore. – Western Oregon University President Jesse Peters named Dr. Jose Coll as the university’s next Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. Coll will start in the new role on June 30th.

“Dr. Coll’s experiences in higher education leadership have prepared him perfectly to take the helm as Provost at Western,” Peters said. “But more than that, he is student-focused and collaborative, making him a strong partner in this community as we strengthen and improve our institution. We look forward to him joining the leadership team at our university. Welcome to Western Oregon, Dr. Coll.”

After serving as a noncommissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps, Coll completed a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Saint Leo University, his master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Central Florida, and a Ph.D. in Counseling Education and Supervision from the University of South Florida. 

“I am humbled at the opportunity to work alongside President Peters, faculty, staff, and students to continue the legacy of Oregon’s oldest public university,” Coll said. “As Provost of Western Oregon University, I look forward to elevating and celebrating the accomplishments of our collective community while promoting academic excellence and innovation. I wish to thank the search committee for their service and look forward to meeting and working with the WOU community. Go Wolves!” 

Dr. Coll is the current Dean of the School of Social Work and Interim Dean of the College of Education at Portland State University and has held administrative and faculty positions at Texas State University, University of Southern California, and Saint Leo University. His research interests have been predominantly on worldview development and veteran transition. He is the author and co-editor of numerous publications, including The Counselor’s Primer for Counseling Veterans, The Handbook of Military Social Work, Student Veterans in Higher Education: A Primer for Administrators, and Civilian Lives of U.S. Veterans: Issues and Identities.


About Western Oregon University

Western Oregon University, founded in 1856 in Monmouth, is the state’s oldest public university. Serving about 4,000 students, WOU is a mid-sized, NCAA Division II institution with about 70% of the student population being from Oregon. A significant portion of attendees are members of under-represented groups, veterans, or non-traditional students. WOU is Oregon’s campus of choice for those seeking a transformative education in a supportive, student-centered learning community where classes are taught by faculty. Together we succeed.

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