Former dean of CHSP Gary Neiman, right, and his wife, Margalit.

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$100,000 gift will help recruit high-achieving graduate students to the College of Health Sciences and Professions

Endowed scholarship from former OHIO Dean Gary Neiman and his wife will support the Communication Sciences and Disorders program

Former Ohio University Dean Gary Neiman and his wife, Margalit, have committed $100,000 to establish an endowed scholarship that will help recruit high-performing graduate students to the Communication Sciences and Disorders program in the College of Health Sciences and Professions (CHSP).

The Neimans established the David and Miriam Neiman and Manfred and Lotte Buchsbaum Scholarship in honor of their parents. Gary Neiman was dean of the former College of Health and Human Services – now Health Sciences and Professions – from 1999 to 2009. Margalit Neiman was a public school teacher for 30 years, with her last assignment being at Chauncey Elementary School as a fourth-grade teacher.

The couple’s gift will augment one graduate student’s stipend each year as a way of drawing candidates who are deemed to have “exceptional academic, clinical and/or research promise.”

“I was honored to serve as dean of the college and also to be a professor in the nationally renowned Communication Sciences and Disorders program,” said Neiman, who is retired and lives with his wife in Daniel Island, S.C., near Charleston. “This endowment represents our commitment to help fortify the national standing of this great program.”

Margalit Neiman added, “Our parents placed a high value on education and were so instrumental in both of us pursuing advanced degrees. Creating a means for deserving students to achieve that goal is a way of thanking and honoring our parents.”

Under Neiman’s decade of leadership, the former College of Health and Human Services 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 – including research – doubled to exceed $3 million.

“Having had an opportunity to work with Gary while he was dean, I know firsthand of his commitment to the Communication Sciences and Disorders program,” said CHSP Dean Randy Leite, who succeeded Neiman. “He and Margalit have been, and continue to be, generous supporters of our students. We are very grateful for their tremendous financial commitment in support of our college’s graduate students.”

A strong proponent of academic research, Neiman was active in several national and regional health organizations during his tenure at Ohio University. In 2006, he launched the National Alliance Promoting Research in Allied Health, an organization that advocates for more training and federal funding for health research. He also 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 also 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. After stepping down as dean in June 2009, he worked on issues related to OHIO’s transition from quarters to semesters, which begins this fall.

Before joining Ohio University in 1999, 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 at Urbana-Champaign in 1973, and during his clinical career specialized in treating children with cleft palates and other craniofacial problems. Neiman was a professor at Kansas State University from 1973 to 1977.