ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio – Orman Hall, a highly recognized state expert on alcohol and drug abuse, has been selected as a Glidden Foundation Visiting Professor at Ohio University during the fall semester and will be holding public addresses on OHIO’s Eastern and Chillicothe campuses next week.
The professorship program supports short-term academic appointments of accomplished individuals whose presence on campus will enrich the University’s academic environment. It also introduces visitors to the strengths and resources of Ohio University.
Nominated by Eastern Campus Dean Paul Abraham, Hall will be making presentations this semester at Ohio University Eastern, Ohio University Chillicothe, as well as OHIO’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs and the College of Health Sciences and Professions in Athens.
A Lancaster resident, Hall served as executive director of the Fairfield County Board of Alcohol Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services for many years before recent state level posts as director of the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addition Services, director of the Governor’s Cabinet Opiate Action Team and manager of specialized dockets for the Supreme Court of Ohio. He is currently a public health analyst/consultant for the Ohio High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.
Abraham is excited that Hall has been selected for the competitive visiting professorship. “I met Orman through OUE'S collaboration on the Ohio Valley Higher Education Research Consortium. He is an engaging and dynamic speaker and amazing resource in understanding data, trends and practices in drug addiction prevention and treatment. He will be making scheduled stops at the Eastern Campus to speak with a variety of faculty, staff, students, classes and community organizations throughout the fall semester.”
Ohio University Chillicothe Dean Martin Tuck shares Abraham’s sentiments. “The campus and the Chillicothe community are very fortunate to have an individual of the stature and experience as Orman Hall visit our region and address the subject of opiate addiction. This is a subject of obvious interest to individuals on the OUC campus and the local community, and there is hope that discussions with Mr. Hall will result in effective strategies to address this important problem in our region.”
Hall is also looking forward to this opportunity. "I am honored to work closely with Deans Tuck and Abraham and their respective campuses. Opioid addiction continues to cause great harm throughout our state and across our nation. It is my hope that through OUC and OUE, we can raise awareness among students and the communities, and begin the important work of improving access to treatment and prevention services throughout the region."
Hall will deliver separate public addresses on Nov. 15 (Chillicothe Campus) and Nov. 16 (Eastern Campus). The Nov. 15 lecture at the Chillicothe Campus will take place at 4 p.m. in the Bennett Hall auditorium.
His presentation on Nov. 16 at the Eastern Campus will take place in room 217 of Shannon Hall beginning at 7 p.m. This public address will also be available through livestream at https://www.ohio.edu/eastern/hall.cfm.