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Richard Bebee to step down as dean of Chillicothe campus

Jan 28, 2010
From staff reports

Richard Bebee has announced that he is leaving his position as dean of Ohio University-Chillicothe, effective June 30, after nine years as leader of the campus. He will be transitioning into other roles with the university, including teaching accounting classes, raising funds for the campus? upcoming entrepreneurship center and assisting other regional campuses with fundraising efforts. Bebee, 67, has served as dean of the Chillicothe Campus since July 1, 2001.

?I do not look at this as a retirement, but as a transition into the next phase of my life, both professionally and personally,? Bebee said. ?The opportunity to serve as dean of the Chillicothe Campus has been a delight. The many wonderful students, fine and talented faculty and staff, not only on the Chillicothe Campus but also on the other regional campuses and the Athens campus, have been a pleasure to work with.?

Bebee?s tenure at OU-C has been a time of great growth and transformation for the campus. The campus? current enrollment of more than 2,100 students is the highest in at least 10 years. In fall quarter 2008, the campus was third among 24 regional campuses in Ohio with a 13.8 percent headcount growth over the previous fall.

?Rich is always open to ideas and seeks input from everyone,? OU-C Regional Coordinating Council Chairman Larry Gates said. ?If something makes sense, he is willing to move forward and implement the idea. He is never jealous of other people?s ideas.?

?Also, as a member of the community, I have been impressed with Rich?s ability to bring the campus off of the hill and have it become an integral part of the community,? Gates said. ?He has been successful at integrating the campus with the community. Having worked with him on the Child Development Center, he showed the understanding of how to work together with others and accomplish something that is valuable to the entire community.?

Ohio University Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit said, ?Rich?s work has been fundamental to the advancement of the mission of Ohio University. He has succeeded in providing outstanding educational opportunities to Chillicothe and surrounding communities.?

Executive Dean of Regional Campuses Dan Evans will head a national search for Bebee?s replacement. While no firm timetable is set, it is hoped a new dean could be in place by July 1.  

?His announcement marks the culmination of an exceptionally successful career as dean of Ohio University-Chillicothe, and it opens the door for the next chapter in a life that has always been about serving students,? Evans said of Bebee. ?Certainly, Dean Bebee will be missed, but his very positive impact upon the campus and the Chillicothe community has positioned OU-C for an even brighter future.?

During his time as dean of OU-C, Bebee had many major accomplishments. Among them are the construction and opening of the Ross County/Ohio University-Chillicothe Child Development and Family Service Center; increased community college partnerships to enable the accessibility of higher education to more people; the development of a Learning Commons area in the Stevenson Center on OU-C?s campus; and the recent securing of funding for a 6,000-square-foot addition to the Technical Studies Building for the Law Enforcement Technology program and for an entrepreneurship program that will be launched in conjunction with the Athens campus.

Originally from Maryland, Bebee earned his bachelor?s degree from Anderson (Ind.) University, MBA from Indiana University and his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado.

Before joining OU-C, he was dean and professor of accounting of the Franklin P. Perdue School of Business at Salisbury (Md.) University for 10 years. Previously, he was associate dean and chair of accounting at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va.; professor of accountancy at DePaul University in Chicago; director of national continuing education with Grant Thornton LLP in Chicago; and associate professor of accountancy at Miami (Ohio) University.



Published: Jan 28, 2010 9:28 AM

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