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Leite appointed to four-year Term as dean


Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit announced the appointment of Randy Leite as dean of the College of Health Sciences and Professions for a four-year term beginning July 1. 

Leite was selected to fill the role after the completion of an internal search. At the end of his term, a national search will be conducted for the dean’s position.  Since July 1, 2009, Leite has served as the interim dean first of the College of Health and Human Services and then the College of Health Sciences and Professions.

Benoit said that she has been impressed with Leite’s work during a period of major transition and the rapport that he has established with the college’s faculty, students and staff. 

“Randy is an exceptional administrator,” she said. “He is honest, fair, hard working, and smart. He has a strong sense of how to realize the potential of the college’s new focus. All of these characteristics have built tremendous support for Randy in the college and across the University.” 

During his time as interim dean, Leite played a key role in implementing the restructuring that led to the establishment of the College of Health Sciences and Professions. He also has been instrumental in helping to launch the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree on the Athens campus; overseeing the development and expansion of E-Learning programs; assisting in the completion of the successful proposal to establish a University System of Ohio Center of Excellence in Health and Wellness; developing a Health Sciences Center; and managing the transition to semesters.

“I have been honored to work with faculty and staff in the college over the past two years and am deeply gratified by the trust they and the University leadership have shown in me,” Leite stated. “The college will continue to do great things and I am excited to have the opportunity to help shape its future during a time that presents us with considerable challenges and opportunities.”

Benoit indicated that she shares Leite’s optimism for the future of the college.  “The College of Health Sciences and Professions is a critical part of the future of Ohio University,” said Benoit. “All of the elements for unlimited success are present--great students, talented faculty, resourceful staff and an exceptional dean.”

Leite joined Ohio University in 2008 as the associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Health and Human Services. He holds a baccalaureate degree from Ohio Dominican College and a master’s degree and doctorate from Ohio State University. His scholarly interests include the role of fatherhood, particularly among young unmarried fathers, the dynamics of custody and non-residency upon children, and the effect public policy has on family outcomes.