Oct. 31, 2007
By Linda Lockhart
Richard Greenlee has been named interim dean of Ohio University-Eastern, effective Jan. 1.
Greenlee, who joined Ohio University in 1990, is the university's associate provost for Appalachian access and enrichment programs. An associate professor of social work, he is past chair of the Department of Social Work.
"Rich brings a wonderful combination of background and experience to this position," Executive Vice President and Provost Kathy Krendl said. "I am confident he will provide excellent leadership for the Eastern campus."
Greenlee's career already is marked with honors. At Ohio University, he received the University Professor Award in 1994, the Student Affairs Faculty Contribution Award in 1999, the Dean's Outstanding Teacher Award in the College of Arts and Sciences in 2001 and the Presidential Teacher Award in 2005. In June, he completed a term as president of Ohio's chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.
"Rich Greenlee is ideally suited to serve as interim dean of the Eastern campus," Executive Dean of Regional Campuses Dan Evans said. "He brings a wealth of knowledge about Ohio University and is a strong advocate for the access mission of regional campuses."
Greenlee, who grew up in eastern Ohio, earned his Ph.D. in social work from Ohio State University in 1991. He holds a master of social work degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelor of science degree from the University of Maryland.
"Ohio University-Eastern is currently celebrating 50 years of providing high-quality educational opportunities in the Ohio Valley," Greenlee said. "I am honored to have the chance to serve the faculty, staff and students at Eastern in continuing this fine tradition of providing affordable and accessible higher education to the residents of the valley."
Current Dean Paul Bibbins announced his resignation Oct. 24 to accept a position as president of a nonprofit educational foundation. Greenlee will work in transition until Bibbins' Dec. 31 departure.