Jo Anne Johnson Trow, 1953
B.A., Denison University
M.A., Indiana University
Ph.D., Michigan State University
Citation awarded May, 1993
After her graduation from Denison, Jo Anne Johnson Trow began her graduate studies. Her first administrative post was an assistant director of residence halls at Michigan State. She returned to Denison as assistant dean of women in 1957.
Jo Anne traveled to the West Coast to accept a position as assistant dean of women at Washington State in 1959, then moved to Oregon State in 1966, serving as assistant dean of women and then associate dean of students in 1969.
In 1983, she was appointed vice president for student affairs. By this appointment, which followed a national search, she became the first woman to hold a position of this rank at Oregon State. She is also a professor of education and coordinator of graduate programs in Oregon State’s College Student Services Administration program.
In addition to her bachelor’s degree from Denison, Jo Anne holds a master’s in counseling and guidance from Indiana University and a doctorate in student personnel administration from Michigan State University. Jo Anne has received national recognition for her leadership in education and in community service. She is president of the National Association of Women Deans, Administrators, and Counselors and has served on the executive board as well. Active with the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, she has been listed in Outstanding Young Women of America, Outstanding Educators of America, and Who’s Who in American Women.
Her community involvement includes work with the United Way, AAUW, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Congregational Church. She was recognized as a Woman of Achievement in Corvallis, Oregon, home of Oregon State.