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Five candidates for OHIO Dean of University College and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education announced

Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit is pleased to announce that a search committee has put forward five candidate finalists for the position of Dean of University College and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education. The candidates will have the opportunity to speak with the University community during open forums with faculty, staff, and students during interviews this month.

During each open forum, each candidate will present his or her vision for how undergraduate education generally, and University College in particular, can provide a distinctive and transformative experience for Ohio University students. There will be a time for questions from the audience.

Finalists and their dates of their university forums include the following:

  • Peter Mather, Associate Professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs in the Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education and Secretary to the Ohio University Board of Trustees: May 12, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., Baker 230.
  • Jerry Miller, Associate Professor in the School of Communication Studies in the Scripps College of Communication: May 13, 2 to 3 p.m., Baker 239.
  • Elizabeth Sayrs, Associate Professor of Music Theory in the College of Fine Arts: May 15, 1:45 to 2:45 p.m., Baker 205.
  • Linda Rice, Associate Professor of English in the College of Arts and Sciences: May 22, 1:45 to 2:45 p.m., Baker University Center 230.
  • Jeff Giesey, Associate Professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Associate Dean for Academics in the Russ College of Engineering and Technology: May 23, 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., Baker 230.

Laura Myers, Chief of Staff to the Provost, said that Provost Benoit hopes to identify the new dean beginning July 1. David Descutner, current Dean of University College and Executive Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, is stepping down to enter the early retiree program in June. Descutner will return to the faculty of the Scripps College of Communication School of Communication Studies.