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Martin Tuck

Martin Tuck

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Martin Tuck appointed dean at Chillicothe


Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit and Interim Executive Dean of Regional Higher Education James Fonseca announced the appointment of Martin Tuck as dean of Ohio University-Chillicothe.  

Tuck, who has served as interim dean of the campus since May 2011, was selected for the position in the course of an internal search.

In making the announcement, Benoit and Fonseca stated that Tuck was a thoughtful and effective leader who had gained the respect of Chillicothe faculty, staff, students, and community members.  

"I was impressed with the ways in which Marty understood and articulated the tremendous possibilities that exist for the Chillicothe campus," said Benoit.  

Fonseca noted that "it is exciting for the Chillicothe campus and for all of Regional Higher Education to announce that the search for the dean has been completed. I anticipate that Marty's leadership will be key not only to the campus but to the development of the regional campus mission across the state."

Tuck has served as a faculty member and an academic administrator at Ohio University since 1986. He has a B.S. from Middle Tennessee State University and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Tennessee.  

He is an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry on the Athens campus. His chief professional interest has been the role of N6-methyl-adenine in cancer formation and RNA-protein interactions.

Tuck is known as a dedicated and effective instructor who continued to teach while serving as an administrator. The College of Arts and Sciences recognized his work in the classroom with a Jeanette Grasselli Faculty Teaching Award and the Dean's Outstanding Teaching Award.

During his time at Ohio University, Tuck was chair of the molecular and cell biology program for eight years, a faculty senator for four years, and associate provost for academic affairs for seven years. In the latter capacity, he managed a significant administrative portfolio, which included serving as the university's chief accreditation liaison, handling promotion and tenure issues, resolving faculty grievances, and overseeing the academic program review process.  

Tuck indicated that it was a pleasure and an honor to be selected as dean of the Chillicothe campus. He has been impressed with Chillicothe faculty, staff, and students and has enjoyed becoming a part of the community that surrounds the campus.

"The campus and its community have a great deal of potential and bright prospects, and I look forward to being part of the future of both," Tuck said.