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Craig Heath
August 13, 2013 : OUL Graduate Pursuing Love of Music and PhD

Lancaster – An Ohio University Lancaster graduate is getting some recognition for his work in music. Craig Heath was recently featured in the Lancaster Eagle Gazette. The article talked about his folk band, Square Thirteen, and his work as a songwriter.


"I'm kind of a busy person," said Heath. "We (Square Thirteen) really played a lot through the summer and I've written well over 50 songs."


But Heath is also busy with his day job and furthering his education. He is a guidance counselor in the Berne Union school system and he is working on his PhD in Educational Administration and Policy at Ohio University in Athens.


Heath started at OUL in January 2007 and graduated three years later with a Bachelor's Degree in History. Before deciding to pursue a college degree, Heath had worked as a pastor for 15 years.


"I was 37 years old. I was ready to go back and do something different," said Heath. "I had been a pastor all my life, in really large churches, with a lot of pressure. I never saw my kids and I was in meetings all the time. So, my wife, Debbie, and I decided to move back to Lancaster and do something different."


He said going to college was a life-changing experience that put him on a wonderful path of exploration.


"The Ohio University Lancaster Campus is the most important place of my adult life. I loved OUL and to this moment I love it," said Heath. "As an undergrad at OUL, I got to know my professors. My professors cared about what I was facing in real life. I built very meaningful and lasting relationships with the faculty and staff."


Now, as Heath prepares to work on his dissertation and continue his work in music, he is very excited about all of the possibilities that are ahead.


"What I thought I could not accomplish, I found out very quickly at OUL that I could," said Heath. "Everyone at the Lancaster Campus was very invested in my success and they were with me every step of the way. Because of that, I am able to do what I am doing now."