Senior associate VP and dean of students to depart in August
July 17, 2007
By Mariel Betancourt
Senior Associate Vice President and Dean of Students Terry Hogan has accepted a position as vice president for educational and student services at the University of Northern Iowa and will begin his new role Aug. 13. Hogan expects to be on the job in Athens through Aug. 10.
Hogan will oversee campus life, housing, health and recreational services, multicultural education and enrollment services for the state-supported university, which has an enrollment of some 14,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university is located in the Cedar Falls/Waterloo metro area in northeast Iowa.
While he looks forward to this opportunity for professional growth, Hogan said he will miss the community he has been a part of since he arrived at Ohio University as a student in 1974. He has held the position of dean of students since 1998.
"It certainly was not an easy decision," Hogan said. "We love Ohio University and Athens dearly, both my wife and I do. But this seems to be the right time to consider this change."
"Northern Iowa affords me an exciting professional opportunity and one that will allow me to expand my role," he added. "In my new position, I'll be stretched to refine my skills and knowledge in new areas."
An announcement will follow in coming weeks about the search to replace Hogan and plans for managing his duties during the search process, said Vice President for Student Affairs Kent Smith.
"This is a big loss for us," Smith said. "He's a 30-year employee with a lot of knowledge not only in student affairs, but also Ohio University in general. It is a loss for our office, but a big step for him professionally."
Hogan's contributions to key undergraduate initiatives will be missed, said David Descutner, associate provost for undergraduate education and dean of University College.
"Ohio University will miss his leadership and his dedication to ensuring that undergraduates have the best possible conditions for their personal growth and academic success," Descutner said. "I will miss him personally because he is a friend and a principled person of goodwill who has helped me and my colleagues in University College in countless ways."
A three-time Ohio University alumnus, he earned a bachelor of science in communication in 1977, a master of arts in organizational communication in 1984 and a doctorate in higher education administration in 1992.
Hogan took his first full-time job with the university -- as retail services manager at Baker Center -- in 1979. Through the years, he has served as assistant director of Baker Center, director of student activities, director of the Center for Community Service and assistant dean of students. He became senior associate vice president in 2004.
"I feel indebted to the many colleagues at Ohio University with whom I've worked over the years and who have helped me to develop as a professional and have been supportive of my efforts here," Hogan said.
He said he is particularly proud of the role he played in helping to establish the Center for Community Service, the Office of Multicultural Programs and the first leadership development program for students.
Hogan worked to coordinate the Office of Student Affairs' first involvement in a university campaign during the Bicentennial Campaign, and more recently, spearheaded efforts to reduce high-risk drinking on campus.
Above all, he said, he has enjoyed mentoring so many successful students and looks forward to continuing his role as a mentor at the University of Northern Iowa. The institution is known for its strong commitment to undergraduate education and a well-established residential program, qualities that attracted Hogan to his new position.
"It is a very strong university and one that I found, after visiting and investigating, was a good match for my skills and interests," Hogan said.
But, he said, there's one very good reason why he'll return: "I look forward to being back in Athens for Homecoming - as a visitor!"