Donna Burgraff

Donna Burgraff

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New dean appointed at Chillicothe campus

Donna Burgraff to begin term Aug. 1

Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit announced today the appointment of Donna Burgraff as the new dean of Ohio University-Chillicothe effective Aug. 1.  

Burgraff will replace Dean Rich Bebee who is stepping down as dean at the end of June. In making the announcement, Benoit indicated that Burgraff impressed those who met her with her ability to provide effective leadership for the Chillicothe campus.  

"She understands the mission of the campus, has first-hand experience working with the critical issues facing regional campuses, and possesses the type of creativity, energy, experience and community-mindedness needed to be an outstanding dean," Benoit said.  

Since 2005, Burgraff has served as the dean of the College of Business, Education and Professional Studies at Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU). She has also held administrative roles at Kutztown University, Marshall University, and Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College.  

Her recent work at SMSU has focused on general education, faculty development, the establishment of distance learning programs, graduate education, institutional and system strategic planning and fundraising.

"We are very pleased that Dr. Donna Burgraff will be joining the administrative leadership team of Ohio University Regional Higher Education," said Dan Evans, executive dean of Regional Higher Education. "She brings with her a solid track record of accomplishment, and I am sure she will continue to meet with success as the dean of the Chillicothe Campus."

Burgraff holds an Ed.D. from West Virginia University, an M.S. from Marshall University, and an M.A. and B.A. from Eastern Kentucky University. She has published, presented and received grants in the areas of leadership and diversity.

The quality of Ohio University, the people who study and work at Chillicothe and the chance to return to her geographical roots attracted Burgraff to the job.  

"I am so excited to be coming to Ohio University and especially the Chillicothe Campus. I look forward to working with all of the faculty, staff, students, and community members so that we can continue the great work and traditions of the campus," Burgraff said. "I appreciate the opportunity, and since I am originally from West Virginia and Kentucky this will be like coming home."

Burgraff will oversee a campus that under the leadership of Bebee has enjoyed great growth and transformation with record enrollments, significant improvements to campus facilities and strengthened community relations. Bebee, who began as dean in 2001, will remain active in the life of campus through teaching and assisting with fundraising efforts.