By Jody Grenert
Gary S. Neiman, dean of the College of Health and Human Services since 1999, has announced plans to retire in June.
Under Neiman's near-decade of leadership, the college has achieved several milestones. In 2001, its six schools were consolidated for the first time in the same building when the $24.5 million renovation of Grover Center was completed. The college's enrollment grew by 25 percent during his tenure, and its funding from external contracts for research and other initiatives doubled to reach $3.4 million in 2007.
"It has been a joy to have worked alongside exceptional faculty and staff and fellow administrators during this period of great growth for the college," Neiman said. "While we have faced many challenges, we can still look to steady progress in size and quality. Clearly, the College of Health and Human Services is well-positioned for future success."
Executive Vice President and Provost Kathy Krendl said Neiman's leadership has been critical to the university's success.
"During his tenure as dean, Health and Human Services has grown significantly in undergraduate enrollment and has continued to draw national attention for its highly regarded and expanding graduate programs," Krendl said. "Gary has also fostered the college's commitment to community outreach, thereby benefitting the lives of hundreds of children and families in our region."
Neiman oversees outreach programs that include the Kids on Campus summer and after-school program; the Child Development Center, a child-care center on The Ridges that serves as a learning lab for university students; and Ohio University Therapy Associates, a physical therapy, speech and hearing clinic that treats patients throughout Southeast Ohio.
He also has been active in several national and regional health organizations. A strong proponent of academic research, he launched the National Alliance Promoting Research in Allied Health, an organization that advocates for more training and federal funding for health research, in 2006. He also has served as president of the Organization for Health Improvement in Appalachia and as treasurer of the national Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions. The latter honored him in 2007 with two leadership awards.
Neiman has served on committees that have had a major impact on Ohio University's mission, such as those charged with reforming the institution's budgeting system, apportioning funding for graduate program and research priorities, and reviewing the mission and effectiveness of academic support units.
"Gary's legacy of university service is remarkable," Krendl said. "For nine years, he has selflessly played an essential role on many task forces and search committees. Throughout his time as dean, Gary has been a supportive colleague to all and a valued friend to many."
Before joining Ohio University, Neiman served as associate dean of the College of Fine and Professional Arts at Kent State University, where he was a professor of speech pathology and audiology. During his 22 years at Kent State, he also served as an administrator in the university's speech pathology and audiology programs and was co-director of the Akron Craniofacial Center at Children's Hospital Medical Center of Akron. He earned his doctorate in speech and hearing science from the University of Illinois in 1973, and during his clinical career specialized in treating children with cleft palates and other craniofacial problems.
While he plans to remain involved with Ohio University after retirement, Neiman said he looks forward to spending more time with loved ones.
"My retirement will allow me to focus more on our expanding family, travel, learning new languages, resuming music lessons and learning to hit straight drives off the tee," he said.
The Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost will initiate the first stages of the search for Neiman's successor in early September.
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