Marianne Vydra was promoted to Associate Athletic Director/Senior Woman Administrator in 1998. Prior to her appointment, she was hired as an Academic Counselor in 1992 and was promoted to Associate Athletic Director for Academic and Student Services in 1996.
In her current role, Vydra is part of the Senior Staff strategic planning group and participates on various levels with both external and internal facets of the program. She is responsible for human resource management, and policy and procedure development for the department. She also oversees all student-athlete welfare aspects of the department (Sports Medicine, Strength and Conditioning, NCAA Life Skills, and the Leadership Institute) in addition to managing the operations of several men's and women's sports.
As Senior Woman Administrator, Vydra is the highest ranking female involved with the management of Oregon State University's Intercollegiate Athletics program and represents OSU on governance issues associated with the Pacific-10 Conference and the NCAA. She participates in program-wide administrative responsibilities and decision-making at the institutional, conference and national levels. Vydra collaboratively addresses departmental goals, NCAA Certification metrics, and helps manage the department's diversity, gender equity and Title IX matters.
Vydra is extremely familiar with NCAA Committee work as well. From 2002-2008, she was a member and Chair (2006-2008) of the NCAA Division I Softball Committee; she is currently a member of the NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Committee. Both committees are responsible for selecting and seeding 64 teams for the NCAA Championships.
Vydra has also been involved in a leadership capacity at the conference level as well. She has served as the Vice President on the Executive Council, and has been the administrative liaison for several sports including wrestling, men's soccer, softball, and currently women's soccer. Vydra has also been on the PAC-10 Women's Basketball Tournament Committee and a member of the Senior Women's Television Committee. Currently she is a member of the conferences Diversity Leadership Initiative program.
On campus she has served both as a member and as the Chair for the Academic Standing Committee, has an ex-officio role on the President's Commission on the Status of Women, and is also a member of the Women's Advancement and Gender Equity Board. She is Co-Chair of the institutions Athletic Advisory Committee and has held that role for several years. She also Chair's the institutions Sports Sponsorship Committee. This fall, the president tapped her as the institution's liaison for the NCAA Certification process. An advocate of sustainability, Vydra is working with Campus Recycling and Facilities Services on new initiatives in and around Athletic Department venues.
Vydra has established two endowed scholarships for female student-athletes. These were unveiled in 2007 during the institution's Title IX Celebration and were named after former Athletic Director, Dr. Sylvia Moore and former Women's Athletic Director/Track Coach, Pat Ingram. Vydra is also assisting with the fundraising for the new track and boat house projects.
Vydra grew up in Springfield, Missouri and has a Bachelor's Degree in Biology from Missouri State University. She was awarded a Master's Degree in Education from the University of Maine. Marianne is an avid backpacker and will be leading a trip in the Trinity Alps in California this summer. She continues to work on her solar-powered grid-tied cabin on Bull Shoals Lake near Branson, Missouri with her sisters.