ATHENS, Ohio (June 8, 2005) -- Tom Davis has been appointed interim dean of Ohio University's College of Education, effective July 1. Davis, professor and chair of the Department of Counseling and Higher Education in the College of Education, will succeed James Heap who announced in April that he is leaving the university for a position at Brock University in Ontario, Canada.
"I am both thankful and appreciative that Tom Davis has decided to serve as the interim dean of the College of Education," said Provost Kathy Krendl. "One thing that stands out is his long-term commitment to the College of Education. He has served as a chair and an associate dean and has strong faculty support. As the institution moves forward with its strategic plan, his leadership will prove to be most important."
Davis also has served as associate dean of the College of Education and has been a faculty member at Ohio University since 1985. He earned a doctorate from The Ohio State University in cooperation with Miami University in counselor education, and a master's degree from Marshall University in counselor education. He is currently licensed as a professional clinical counselor (PCC, E0012) in Ohio and a certified professional counselor (CPC, 97-0002) from the Australian Board of Certified Counselors.
Prior to joining Ohio University, he served as the assistant director of the Career Planning and Placement Office for the College of Education at Ohio State. He also has experience as a chemical dependency counselor for youth, and as a school counselor.
Nationally, Davis has served as a member of the American Counseling Association Ethics Committee and is currently serving as the chairperson for the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Program's 2008 Standards Revision Committee. At the state level, he has served as the president of the Ohio Counseling Association and the Ohio Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.
"I am pleased to offer what I can to the advancement of the College of Education," Davis said. "We have exceptional faculty and academic programs within the college, and it will be my job to give my colleagues the support that they need to excel."
Davis' scholarly areas of interest include counselor education and supervision, legal and ethical issues in counseling, chemical dependency and school counseling. He is the author of a book titled, "The Solution Focused School Counselor: Shaping the Profession."
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