Richard Greenlee has been named dean of Ohio University's Eastern campus in St. Clairsville, effective July 1. He has served as interim dean of the campus since January 2008.
"Rich Greenlee is ideally suited to serve as 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."
For Greenlee, the appointment is somewhat of a homecoming. He grew up in eastern Ohio, graduating from Union Local High School, located just a few miles from the Eastern campus. His family has resided in that portion of the Ohio Valley since the 1800s -- his father was a coal miner in St. Clairsville and his mother lives in nearby Barnesville.
"As a young person, I never imagined that I would have this opportunity to serve my community," Greenlee said. "But life has taken me in this direction and for that I am grateful."
"There can be no more noble a calling than serving your community by creating educational opportunities for the families of the Ohio Valley," Greenlee added.
Greenlee's route to the dean's position included serving in the U.S. Army and Air Force before pursuing degrees in social work. He earned a doctorate in social work from Ohio State University in 1991 and holds a master of social work degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelor of science degree from the University of Maryland.
In 1990, Greenlee joined Ohio University, where he served as associate professor of social work, chair of the Department of Social Work and associate provost for Appalachian access and enrichment programs before assuming responsibilities as Eastern's interim dean.
"It has been an honor to serve the faculty, staff and students of the Ohio University Eastern Campus this past year and a half as the interim campus dean" Greenlee said. "It has been very rewarding to work with such dedicated faculty and staff who strive to provide our students with a University quality educational experience in their own community."
Greenlee's career is marked with honors. 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 2007, he completed a term as president of Ohio's chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.
His vision for the future of the Eastern campus includes continuing to expand access.
"At present, we offer 11 baccalaureate degrees on our campus," Greenlee said. "In the future, we hope to double the number of degrees that we will be able to offer to the residents of the Ohio Valley."
"I look forward to continuing the work that we have begun in the past 18 months to serve the needs of our local school districts, government agencies, businesses, health care and social agencies through teaching, research and service."