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Bob Culp, also known as the “Science Wizard,” is retiring from the Southern Campus after 18 years of service.

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Pictured, from left, are Steven Harvey, Bob Culp, Bobbi Skelly, Ed Duffy and Ron Sims.

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Ohio University Southern recognizes retiring faculty and staff


On Aug. 31, colleagues and family members gathered to honor retiring Ohio University Southern staff in the Vern G. Riffe Mains Rotunda. 

Dean Nicole Pennington expressed her appreciation for the hard work of those recognized. “These talented individuals dedicated a combined 175 years of service to the University,” Pennington said, “and they’ve shaped countless students’ lives.”

Bob Culp earned his doctorate in chemistry from the University of Alabama and was affectionately known as the “Science Wizard” to students of all ages throughout his 18 years of service. During his remarks, Culp said, “My years at Ohio University Southern were the greatest of my career.” 

Ed Duffy, recognized for 26 years of service teaching sociology, earned his doctoral degree in that field from Duke University. 

Steven Harvey dedicated 38 years of service to the Southern Campus teaching biology and related science courses. He received his master of science in biological sciences from Marshall University and also earned a master of divinity from Trinity College in Indiana. 

William Rau earned a doctorate in health administration from the University of South Carolina and taught healthcare administration courses at the Southern Campus for 34 years. 

With a master of science in psychology, Ron Sims joined Ohio University Southern 34 years ago¬ – first as a part-time psychology instructor and later as full-time faculty. 

Recognized for her 25 years of services as an administrative associate, Bobbi Skelly first started with the Southern Campus as a part-time data entry operator in student services. She reminisced about the days before e-mail and when paper memos were standard practice. Over the years, she said that some things didn’t change. The Southern Campus maintains a “family atmosphere.” Skelly said. “That is what I will miss the most and I hope you will never lose it.”