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Welcome from the Dean

Dean Pennington

As dean of Ohio University Southern, I am truly honored to have the opportunity to lead a strong regional campus with a rich history of providing students with the education and experience to become successful contributors to our community and beyond.

Ohio University Southern’s commitment to serving Southeast Ohio began in 1956, holding its first classes at Ironton High School for cadet teachers. Educational needs grew in the late 1970s and continued through the 1980s. The first campus building was completed in 1985. Almost thirty years later, we now have four academic buildings located on campus, a horse park that is home to our equine program, a center located in Proctorville, and a child development center located in Hanging Rock. We are very proud of our history and look forward to new and exciting opportunities in the future.

Students attending Ohio University Southern have over thirty degree and certificate programs from which to choose. As a result of such broad offerings, our graduates become teachers, nurses, health care administrators, television news anchors, law enforcement personnel, community leaders, childcare providers, and other respected professionals.

Our faculty and staff are committed to providing an environment to help students become successful. They are an incredibly dedicated team who work collaboratively to ensure that services are in place to promote student achievement. I am very proud to be part of a group who provides a nurturing and supportive approach to higher education.

Our community members play a pivotal role at Ohio University Southern, serving on advisory councils, attending special campus events, serving as student mentors, and volunteering in a variety of important campus functions. We appreciate the contributions that our community members provide to enhance the success of our campus. Their involvement is an invaluable campus asset and we are extremely grateful to have them as partners. In addition, we also collaborate with local employers and community colleges to provide our students with enhanced educational opportunities.

As we begin a new academic year at Ohio University Southern, I look forward to working with our students, faculty, staff, and the community, and am committed to furthering the mission of Ohio University Southern. I welcome your suggestions and ideas as we move forward in serving our students and the community.

Nicole Pennington, Dean
Ohio University Southern