Lancaster – Associate Dean Dr. Paul Abraham's three year run at Ohio University Lancaster is coming to a close.Abraham recently accepted a new position as dean at the Ohio University Eastern Campus in Saint Clairsville, Ohio.
"I'm excited about this new opportunity at Ohio University Eastern," said Abraham. "The campus has a long history of collaboration between faculty and staff and a strong connection with the community. But, I will miss the excellent faculty and staff I have worked with in Lancaster."
Abraham started in his role at OUL in July, 2010. He came from Kent State's Stark Campus where he served as interim associate dean. At OUL, Abraham has been primarily in charge of class scheduling and faculty affairs. His last day in Lancaster will be July 12.
"The quarters to semesters transition is one of the accomplishments I am most proud of during my time at Ohio University Lancaster," said Abraham. "It was a huge accomplishment because we had to redefine the class schedule and keep up to date with the new curriculum and new courses."
Ohio University and all other state institutions of higher education that were operating under the quarter system were mandated by the state to convert to semesters in the fall of 2013. But, the quarters to semesters transition was not the only major change Abraham was in charge of during his time at OUL.
"We also updated the webpages last year and that was huge as well," said Abraham. "The transition to a new website took a lot of time and effort. It was important for us to do because we use the website to communicate with students, faculty and staff, the campus community and prospective students."
Abraham has a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from Youngstown State University. He got his Master's Degree and PhD from Kent State in Mathematics. Abraham will start his new job on July 15.
"I'm excited about getting started at O.U. Eastern because of the wide scope of what a dean does.The dean interacts with the entire campus and the entire community," said Abraham. "I gained a lot of valuable experience here in Lancaster working with Dean Jim Smith. I will apply that to my new role."