By George Mauzy
Assistant Provost for Undergraduate Retention Dale Tampke has accepted the position of director of the Program for Academic Readiness at the University of North Texas. His last day on campus is April 11.
At UNT, Tampke will develop and manage the university's new Early Alert Referral System, which will identify at-risk students and provide them with early-intervention assistance.
"I'm looking forward to this next chapter," Tampke said. "The work at UNT will be a new professional challenge, but I feel very well prepared by my excellent colleagues in University College. I've learned a lot from them."
Tampke has worked at Ohio University for 14 years. In his current position, which he has held since 2006, he coordinates undergraduate retention programs and planning on the university's Athens campus and serves as director of the Allen Student Help Center in Baker University Center.
A member of the University College staff, he also has served as an adjunct instructor in the College of Education's Counseling and Higher Education program and as a UC 115 instructor.
"Dale has made many significant contributions during his tenure at Ohio University, and he has been a wonderful colleague for all of us in University College during his recent two-year stint as assistant provost," said David Descutner, dean of University College.
"He cares deeply about students and has worked tirelessly to help them achieve academic success and become engaged members of the campus community," Descutner said. "His dedication, professionalism, goodwill and sense of humor will be missed, and I know he will be just as successful in his new position."
Tampke joined Ohio University in 1994 as director of housing. In 2000, he was named assistant vice president for administration in charge of assessment. In 2004, he was promoted to associate vice president for finance and administration, taking responsibility for six departments, 105 employees and an $8.2 million budget.
Tampke also has been active in the Athens community. He was a member of numerous local boards and committees and served as a member of Athens City Council from 1997 to 2005.
University College Academic Adviser Jenny Klein, who has worked closely with Tampke for the past two years, will succeed him as director of the Allen Student Help Center.
Tampke's wife, Molly, is assistant vice president for development at UNT. She worked in University Advancement at Ohio University from 1994 to 2007, last serving as associate vice president for university advancement.
"Molly and I treasure the friendships we've made in Athens and at Ohio University," Tampke said. "We have many good friends here, and we're going to miss them. Athens and Ohio University will always hold a special place in our memories."
A farewell reception is planned from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday in the Baker Center 1804 Lounge.