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Ohio University names Renée A. Middleton dean of College of Education

ATHENS, Ohio (May 18, 2006) -- Renée A. Middleton, Ph.D., has been named dean of the College of Education at Ohio University, effective Aug. 14, President Roderick J. McDavis announced today. 

Click to watch video from the press conferenceMiddleton is currently director of research, human resource development and outreach at Auburn University (Ala.), a position she has held since 1994. Middleton is a tenured professor in the department of Counselor Education, Counseling Psychology and School Psychology in the College of Education at Auburn University. 

As dean at Ohio University, she will oversee the college's three departments: Counseling and Higher Education, Educational Studies and Teacher Education.

"Dr. Middleton is the ideal person to serve as dean of Ohio University's College of Education because of her proven abilities as a strong academic leader," McDavis said. "In her current role at Auburn University, she has ensured continued support for important initiatives, including research and diversity. I know that her professional and personal strengths will be an asset to the College of Education, which has created a strong foundation for the educators of tomorrow."

As dean, Middleton will also be responsible for the college's several centers and partnerships, including the Upward Bound program, which prepares underprivileged high school students for college study, and the Appalachian Collaborative Center for Learning, Assessment and Instruction in Mathematics. She succeeds James Heap, who accepted a position at Brock University in Ontario, Canada.

"We had a strong pool of candidates for this position, but Renée stood out as someone who has done a remarkable job of focusing on the goals of a college and establishing structures that enable people to arrive at those goals," Provost Kathy Krendl said. "As we work toward our institutional goals, this strength of hers will prepare the college for success."

Photos by Rick FaticaMiddleton was administrative director of the Program for Training and Development in the Department of Rehabilitation and Special Education at Auburn from 1991 to 1994. She has worked as a clinic director and audiologist at the University of West Georgia and as a clinical audiologist at Alabama A&M University.

"I am excited by this opportunity to collaborate with the innovative leaders of this institution to help meet its visionary goals," Middleton said. "I look forward to working with the quality faculty, staff, students and alumni of the College of Education to engage the college in the vital ambitions of Ohio University."

Middleton received her bachelor's degree at Andrews University and her master's degree at the University of Tennessee, both in the human services in colleges of education. She received her doctoral degree from the Auburn University College of Education in rehabilitation administration.

Tom Davis, professor and chair of the Department of Counseling and Higher Education in the College of Education, served as interim dean of the college. Arlie Woodrum, associate professor of educational studies, chaired the committee that conducted a national search for the dean.

"As interim dean, Tom demonstrated his devotion to education and to the university by providing outstanding leadership. I am thankful to him for his contributions during this time of transition," McDavis said. "I also would like to thank Arlie Woodrum and the members of the search committee, who conducted a diligent search for this position, and the group of qualified, talented applicants who expressed interest in our deanship."

For more information about the College of Education, visit www.ohio.edu/education.

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