Breeann Flesch named interim Dean of Graduate Studies and Research at Western Oregon University

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MONMOUTH, Ore. – Western Oregon University announces the appointment of Breeann Flesch Ph.D., as interim dean of Graduate Studies and Research. Flesch assumed the role on Jan. 1, 2024.

Flesch joined Western in 2011 and brings diverse experience to her new role. She received her doctorate in applied mathematics from the University of Colorado-Denver. She has served in a variety of leadership roles during her tenure, including mathematics department head, computer science division chair, and general education task force co-chair. 

“I am enthusiastic about continuing my service in this capacity. I look forward to fostering the dynamic research community on our campus, dedicated to addressing challenges and providing insights for the Oregon community and beyond,” shared Flesch. “Additionally, I am excited about guiding and supporting students in graduate programs as they pursue further education and career advancement.”

In 2018, she co-established and currently co-organizes the student organization FEM in STEM, along with the interim Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Kristin Latham-Scott, Ph.D., and Leanne Merrill, Ph.D., associate professor of mathematics. This group works to connect and support female, non-binary, and other underserved and allied students in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields. Their focus is on education, support, and community connection to tangible STEM role models who have a variety of careers and career paths.

“Dr. Flesch brings an invaluable skill set to the graduate program and our research office. Her extensive experience and visionary approach are poised to elevate both areas significantly,” said Provost Jose Coll. “With a clear vision in place, she’ll not only enhance our graduate programs but also fortify our research endeavors, ensuring our students receive exceptional support and unlock new avenues for academic excellence.”

The Western community looks forward to the continued contribution of Flesch as she leads the graduate studies and research program, guiding both faculty and students toward excellence in education and research.


About Western Oregon University

Western Oregon University, established in Monmouth in 1856, proudly stands as Oregon’s oldest public university. Hosting around 4,000 students, Western embodies a mid-sized, NCAA Division II institution, with approximately 80% of its students hailing from within the state. Notably, its diverse student body comprises individuals from underrepresented backgrounds, veterans, and non-traditional learners. Western stands as the preferred campus in Oregon for those pursuing an enriching education within a nurturing, student-focused environment, characterized by faculty-led instruction. Together we succeed.

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