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OSU Pandemic Response Team

The OSU COVID-19 Pandemic Response Team meets weekly to navigate the rapidly changing landscape of the pandemic. Led by Senior Vice President for Health Affairs Dr. Johnny Stephens, the team monitors guidance from the CDC, from state and local health authorities and uses a variety of data points and metrics so our campus can remain nimble in its response.


Represented on the committee are members from:

  • Student Affairs
  • Academic Affairs
  • Faculty Council 
  • Center for Health Sciences
  • University Health Services
  • Facilities Management 
  • Vet Med
  • Human Resources
  • OSU Communications 
  • OSU Legal 


  • Johnny Stephens
    Interim President of OSU-Center for Health Sciences and Interim Senior Vice President of Health Affairs for the OSU System
  • Jeanette Mendez
    Interim Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs
  • Jared Taylor
    Associate Professor of Veterinary Pathobiology and Chief Science Officer of Oklahoma State Department of Health
  • Barrett Hunter
    Director of Compliance and Risk Management at OSU Center for Health Sciences
  • Doug Hallenbeck
    Vice President of Student Affairs
  • Amy Newton
    Senior Staff Attorney to OSU Center for Health Sciences
  • Chris Barlow
    Senior Director of Counseling and Health Services
  • Dennis Blankenship
    Interim Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine OSU Center for Health Sciences
  • Monica Roberts
    Interim Assistant Vice President of Strategic Communications
  • Jeff Stroup
    Provost and Senior Vice President of OSU Center for Health Sciences and Chief Operating Officer of OSU Medical Authority
  • Ashley Adkins
    Associate Vice President for Operations at OSU Center for Health Sciences
  • Brandee Hancock
    Deputy General Counsel to the A&M Board of Regents and Interim Chief Legal Officer to the OSU President
  • Christa Louthan
    Assistant Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
  • Pamela Lovern
    Faculty Council Chair
  • Ron Tarbutton
    Chief Facilities Officer
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