Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit has announced that a search will begin shortly for a new dean for the Lancaster campus.
Dean John Furlow, in the second year of two-year term appointment, will reach the end of his term on June 30.
Benoit praised Furlow for the strength of his leadership and his accomplishments during his term as dean.
"John has been instrumental in the success that the Lancaster campus currently enjoys," Benoit said. "He has presided over an impressive enrollment increase, campus renovations, and the establishment of new community partnerships. We have been fortunate to have such a knowledgeable and dedicated individual as dean during a time of campus transition. He has laid a solid foundation for new leadership."
Furlow has been part of the academic community at Lancaster for 17 years. He came to Lancaster from Pennsylvania State University's DuBois Campus where he served as the director of academic affairs and as a member of the history faculty.
Furlow was tapped to serve the two-year term as dean in June 2008 with a full search for the position scheduled for 2010. He was well qualified to take on the role having served two terms as interim dean of the Lancaster campus from 1999-2000 and from 2003-2005.
Executive Dean of the Regional Campuses Dan Evans thanked Furlow for his exemplary dedication to the Lancaster campus and the work that he has done to advance its mission.
"Dean Furlow has 'reconnected' the university with the community and has led OU-Lancaster through a period of growth and academic development." Evans said. "I am most grateful for his excellent service to the students and citizens of the Lancaster community on behalf of Ohio University."
Some of Furlow's accomplishments over the past two years include: 23 percent enrollment growth (based on final fall 2009 numbers), making Lancaster the regional campus with highest percentage enrollment increase at the university; renovations of the Hannah V. McCauley Library, Herrold Hall, and the gymnasium; the hiring of key support staff; the development of a successful dual enrollment program; and the establishment of new academic offerings designed to meet community needs, such as the Human Services Technology program.
Furlow's term as dean has been distinguished by extensive involvement in the community. He has been an active contributor to the cultural life of the community through the Lancaster Festival Board. He also has joined in the promotion of Lancaster area businesses through participation in the Lancaster-Fairfield County Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club.
In addition, his civic and educational involvement has included the Fairfield County Foundation Board, the Lancaster City Schools Program Development Committee, the Fairfield County Council for Education Collaboration, the Tech Prep Board and Executive Committee, and the Mt. Carmel College of Nursing Board of Trustees-Academics Committee.
Furlow's community efforts have been recognized through the Vision Award from Fairfield Developmental Disabilities and the Mary Burnham Heartline Award from the Lancaster Black Interest Group.
Reflecting on the past two years, Furlow said, "I have enjoyed serving the Lancaster campus twice as interim dean and now as dean. I look forward to continuing to serve the campus and the university to build on our many accomplishments of the last two years as a campus."
President Roderick J. McDavis acknowledged Furlow's work and its contributions to the university.
"On behalf of the students, faculty, and staff, I thank John for sharing his talents and experience with us as dean and for ensuring we achieve our mission in service to our students on the Lancaster campus," McDavis said.
Upon the appointment of a new dean, Furlow will continue to serve in an administrative capacity on the campus focusing on community issues and on the capital campaign.
Evans indicated that a search committee would be appointed shortly with the goal of having an advertisement ready by the end of March. He also noted that the timeline for the search is ambitious.
"We hope to have an appointment made by the end of June," Evans said.