Jan Auyong received her B.S. (Biology) and B.A. (Psychology) degrees from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and her M.A. (Biological Sciences) from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Her Ph.D. in marine resource development is from Texas A&M University.
Jan was employed as a Policy Analyst by the U.S. Department of Interior in Washington, D.C., reviewing coastal zone management plan environmental impact statements and drafting departmental responses, prior to taking a post as a Coastal Resources Specialist with the University of Hawaii Sea Grant Extension Service (from 1983 through 1989). Her responsibilities included both statewide and Pacific Basin-wide (U.S. territories and affiliated states) projects related to coastal management plans, marine recreation and parks, and coastal tourism development. Her Pacific islands work involved participating on integrated teams (agriculture, aquaculture, forestry, coastal erosion, coastal development) focused on development of coastal management plans for sustainable economic development.
From 1990-1992, Jan served as Deputy Director at the National Coastal Resources R&D Institute, housed at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Oregon. She provided leadership for the competitive grants and communications/outreach functions. Institute programs included fisheries, aquaculture, coastal development, and coastal community development.
Before moving to the post of Assistant Director of the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station in 2005, Jan spent ten years with Oregon Sea Grant overseeing its competitive grants program. Currently, she provides support for the research enterprise activities of the Experiment Station, carries out liaison functions with the Station's federal and state funding agencies, and oversees planning and reporting by the Station.
Jan also serves as Executive Associate Director for the Sun Grant Western Regional Center. The Center is housed at Oregon State University under the auspices of the College of Agricultural Sciences and serves a region consisting of the nine western states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and the U.S. Pacific Island territories and nations (American Samoa, Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of the Marshall Islands, and Republic of Palau).
Jan is married to Richard Titgen, an oceanographer with NOAA Fisheries (Alaska Fisheries Science Center) in Newport, Oregon. Jan enjoys reading, hiking, scuba diving, cooking, and traveling.