Lancaster – Ohio University Lancaster Associate Professor Janet Becker is about to see the campus from a different perspective. She's moving to the Associate Dean's Office starting July 22.
"I am looking forward to working with colleagues with whom I haven't really had the chance to work before," said Becker. "I'm really very thankful for the opportunity, and I will try to do my best."
Becker will serve as interim associate dean for one year while a search is conducted this fall and a permanent associate dean is hired. Becker has worked at Ohio University Lancaster for 15 years.
"Janet brings important experience to the job after serving for three years as a faculty senator and six years as an academic division coordinator. Those roles provided her with knowledge of university governance and procedures; the direction and management of two-year programs, such as business management technology and accounting technology; four-year programs in education; and university level coordination of some traditional arts and sciences disciplines such as psychology and sociology," said Lancaster Campus Dean Jim Smith. "Her role as a campus and system coordinator for accounting has provided experiences related to curriculum, course scheduling, and the academic program review process."
The position of associate dean became available after Paul Abraham accepted the position of dean at Ohio University Eastern. Abraham was in the position for three years. His last day was July 12. In a goodbye email to campus, Abraham said he believes Becker will be wonderful in the position.
"You're in great hands with Janet in the upcoming year," said Abraham. "As Jim noted, she has extensive experience as a past division coordinator, past senator and RHE program coordinator. She will be wonderful person to work with in all the various matters that the associate dean addresses."
"I want to thank Paul Abraham for his dedicated work as associate dean over the last three years," said Smith. "He provided excellent leadership in our conversion from quarters to semesters, developing efficient schedules, the use of instructional space, as well as a variety of campus initiatives and activities."
"Paul's shoes will be challenging to fill," said Becker. "I am anxious to help if I can and excited to have the opportunity to be able to learn about aspects of the campus that I haven't had an opportunity to see before."
Becker said she is looking forward to her first day on the job and working closely with those in the associate dean's office.
"Administrative Associate Merry Lee Walters is such an asset," said Becker. "She is proficient, detail oriented, and I know we will work well together. The Lancaster Campus has so many good people, and that makes it all worthwhile."