ATHENS, Ohio (March 31, 2006) -- Benjamin M. Ogles, Ph.D., has been named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Ohio University, effective April 3, 2006, President Roderick J. McDavis announced today. Ogles was named interim dean of the college in May 2005.
"Following an extensive national search, it became apparent that Dr. Benjamin Ogles is the best person to serve as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences," McDavis said. "Serving as interim dean, Ben displayed the ideal professional and personal qualities for this position. As an advocate for the mission of public higher education, he is dedicated to providing the best possible learning environment for our students."
As dean, Ogles will provide leadership for the college's 19 departments, multiple interdisciplinary and specialized programs, research centers and institutes, and education abroad. Ogles succeeds Leslie Flemming, who left the university to participate in the Master of Divinity program at Bexley Hall, an Episcopal seminary in Columbus.
"Ben is a gifted leader who has earned the respect of his colleagues in the college and across the university," Provost Kathy Krendl said. "He has demonstrated a leadership style that relies on bringing individuals together, gathering all relevant information, and then making decisions in the best interest of the college and the university."
"I am honored to be named dean and am very excited about this opportunity to serve Ohio University and the College of Arts and Sciences," Ogles said. "It is especially rewarding to be selected to head a college with so many excellent educational programs and outstanding scholars. I look forward to working with President McDavis, Provost Kathy Krendl, fellow deans and the tremendous faculty, staff and students in the college. I will work energetically to help create an atmosphere where faculty and students will continue to flourish in their efforts to learn and create."
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.
Tom Carpenter, Charles J. Ping Professor of Humanities in the Department of Classics and World Religions, chaired the committee that conducted a national search for the dean.
"I commend Tom Carpenter and the members of the search committee for conducting a diligent and comprehensive search. We appreciate the interest of the outstanding pool of applicants we had for this position," McDavis said.
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