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Paul Abraham named dean of Ohio University Eastern


Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit and Interim Executive Dean for Regional Higher Education James Fonseca have named Paul Abraham as dean of Ohio University Eastern.

Abraham is currently the associate dean for academic affairs and an associate professor of mathematics at Ohio University Lancaster. His term of appointment will begin on July 15.

"During his time at Ohio University, Paul has been an effective and thoughtful contributor to the work of the Lancaster campus and to the university's regional campuses as a whole," said Benoit. "He knows the contributions that have been made by the students, faculty, and staff of the Eastern campus and will be able to assist them in achieving their future objectives."  

Abraham has a Ph.D. and a M.A. in mathematics from Kent State University and a B.S. from Youngstown State University. His work in mathematics centers on functional analysis with a particular focus on the Vitali-Hahn-Saks theorem. Abraham also has published and presented on topics relating to mathematics education.  

Prior to joining Ohio University, Abraham was an associate professor of mathematics at Kent State University at Stark where he also served as the interim assistant dean of academic affairs.

Fonseca noted that Abraham's extensive experience in the Kent State regional system provided him with the knowledge and background needed to be successful at Ohio University.  

"In the three years that he has been at Lancaster, Paul quickly earned the respect of faculty, staff and all of the regional deans and he will be able to make a very smooth transition into his new role," said Fonseca. "I am very pleased that Paul Abraham will be our next dean at Ohio University Eastern." 

In reflecting on his appointment, Abraham indicated that the opportunity to become the dean of Ohio University Eastern was an "amazing honor."  

"The Eastern campus has a very strong and dedicated sense of mission to its community and to the university. I look forward to learning more about the Eastern campus and working closely with its faculty, staff, and students," said Abraham.  

In making their announcement, Benoit and Fonseca praised the tenure of Richard Greenlee who is retiring from the Eastern dean position, which he has held since 2008, and the Zanesville interim dean position, which he has held concurrently since 2011. Benoit and Fonseca agreed that Greenlee's passion for the regional higher education mission and his enthusiasm for the communities of Southeastern Ohio is without parallel.  

"Rich's concern for the people and places of our region is inspirational. He has dedicated every ounce of his energy to making sure that education is attainable for everyone," said Benoit. "He has been the type of leader that we all aspire to be."