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Benjamin Ogles named interim dean of College of Arts and Sciences

ATHENS, Ohio (May 26, 2005) -- Benjamin Ogles has been appointed interim dean of Ohio University's College of Arts and Sciences, effective July 1.

Ogles, professor and chair of the Department of Psychology, will succeed Leslie Flemming, who has accepted admission into the Master of Divinity program at Bexley Hall, an Episcopal seminary in Columbus.

"I am pleased that Ben Ogles has accepted the offer to serve as the interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences," said Provost Kathy Krendl. "His experience as chair of the Department of Psychology, his research emphasis on outcomes assessment and his work on the Delaware Study will serve him well as we move into the implementation phase of the strategic plan during the coming year."

Ogles joined Ohio University as an assistant professor of psychology in 1990 and was elevated to associate professor in 1996. He served as director of clinical training in the Department of Psychology from 1999 until 2002 when he became chair of the department.

With support from the Ohio Department of Mental Health and the Southern Consortium for Children, Ogles developed The Ohio Youth Problems, Functioning, and Satisfaction Scales. The Ohio Scales are used statewide and in several other states to evaluate and measure the effectiveness of mental health services for children.

Ogles earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Brigham Young University. He also completed a clinical internship at Indiana University Medical School.

"Ohio University has a long history of providing students with a firm foundation in the arts and sciences. I look forward to playing a role in the continuation of this tradition," Ogles said. "I also look forward to working with fellow deans, our new provost and the president as we set out to increase the national prominence of Ohio University. Most importantly, I hope to contribute to an atmosphere where faculty and students continue to flourish in their efforts to learn and create."

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