ATHENS, Ohio (Sept. 22, 2005) -- Ohio University Vice President for Student Affairs Michael J. Sostarich announced today that he will retire January 1,2006. A national search to replace Sostarich will begin this fall and the permanent appointment is expected to be made by July 1, 2006.
"Mike Sostarich strongly believes in the importance of a successful college experience for all of our students, which was demonstrated through his passionate dedication and caring connection," Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis said. "To be sure, we will miss his daily presence and are grateful to him for his leadership. Mike has left a lasting legacy as an advocate for Ohio University and its students."
Sostarich was appointed to the position in June 2000 after serving as the interim vice president for student affairs since 1998. Previously, he served as associate vice president for student affairs (1996-98), associate dean of students (1992-96), and assistant dean of students and director of student life programs (1983-92). From 1973-83 he was involved in management and programming for Baker University Center.
He has also played a leadership role in the development of the new University Center.
"I came to Ohio University in 1969 as a graduate student and since then, this place has been a part of me. The beauty and residential nature of the campus, the quality of the students, and the overall atmosphere create a distinctive learning environment," Sostarich said. "I've enjoyed my interactions with countless wonderful students who have made my various jobs fun and entertaining. It has been a pleasure to be part of this special place and rewarding to have served the university that has meant so much to me and my family."
Sostarich began his service to Ohio University in 1971 when he coordinated a series of non-credit arts courses and performances and taught in the School of Theater. He earned his master's degree in theater from Ohio University in 1971 and his bachelor's degree in theater from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1969.
Sostarich has also contributed to the Athens community in which he lives with his wife, Ellen. He served as a member of the Dairy Barn Cultural Arts Center Board of Trustees and has coached girls' basketball and softball in the city's recreation leagues. Also, he has volunteered for the United Way of Athens, March of Dimes, O'Bleness Hospital Fund and Athens High School Athletic Boosters.
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