Jun 23, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2021-22 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2021-22 [Archived Catalog]

Governing Boards/University Administration

A listing of the University’s Board of Trustee members also is available online at www.ohio.edu/trustees/members

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Governing Boards

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Ohio University Board of Trustees

Cary Cooper, Chair
Peggy Viehweger, Vice Chair
Scott Borgemenke
Steve Casciani
Janelle Coleman
Matthew Evans
Lorrie Platt
Diane Smullen
Anna Harvey, national trustee
Eileen Sheil, national trustee
Jeff Laturell, alumni association representative
Ellen Gill Franks, student trustee
Sarah Ladipo, student trustee

Officers of the Board

David R. Moore, Board Secretary
Deborah Shaffer, Treasurer

Ohio Department of Higher Education

The Ohio Department of Higher Education is a Cabinet-level agency for the Governor of the State of Ohio that oversees higher education for the state. The agency’s main responsibilities include authorizing and approving new degree programs, managing state-funded financial aid programs and developing and advocating policies to maximize higher education’s contributions to the state and its citizens.

As a member of the Governor’s Cabinet, the Chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education advises the Governor on higher education policy. The Chancellor also implements the Governor’s plan to make college more affordable for Ohioans and drive the state’s economic advancement through the public universities and colleges of Ohio, the state’s network of public universities, regional campuses, community colleges, and adult workforce and adult education centers. The Chancellor is responsible for carrying out the responsibilities of the agency, including authorizing and approving new degree programs and managing state-funded financial aid programs. Chancellor Randy Gardner was appointed the tenth Chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education in January 2019.

University Administration

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Administrative Officers

M. Duane Nellis, Ph.D.

Hugh Sherman, Ph.D.
President (effective June 14, 2021)

Elizabeth Sayrs, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President and Provost

Deborah Shaffer, B.S.
Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration

Candace J. Boeninger, M.A.
Vice President for Enrollment Management

Jenny Hall-Jones, Ph.D.
Interim Vice President for Student Affairs

Nico Karagosian, M.S., M.B.A.
Vice President for University Advancement and President and CEO of The Ohio University Foundation

Robin Oliver, MBA
Vice President for University Communications and Marketing

Gigi Secuban, Ed.D.
Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion

Joseph Shields, Ph.D.
Vice President for Research and Creative Activity; Dean, Graduate College

Eric Burchard, B.A.
Executive Director of Government Relationss

Stacey Bennett, J.D.
General Counsel

Jennifer Kirksey, M.A.
Chief of Staff

Julie Cromer, M.P.A
Director of Athletics

Christopher Ament, M.B.A.
Chief Information Officer

Brad Cohen, Ph.D.
Senior Vice Provost for Instructional Innovation, Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer

Colleges and Academic Programs

Florenz Plassmann, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Jackie Rees Ulmer, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Business

Scott Titsworth, Ph.D.
Dean, Scripps College of Communication

Renée A. Middleton, Ph.D.
Dean, Patton College of Education

Sara Helfrich, Ph.D.
Interim Dean, Patton College of Education (effective June 16, 2021)

Mei Wei, Ph.D.
Dean, Russ College of Engineering and Technology

Matthew Shaftel, Ph.D
Dean, College of Fine Arts

John McCarthy, Ph.D.
Interim Dean, College of Health Sciences and Professions

Donal Skinner, Ph.D.
Dean, Honors Tutorial College

Carey Busch, Ph.D.
Interim Dean, University College
ADA/504 Coordinator

Kenneth H. Johnson, D.O.
Executive Dean, Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and Chief Medical Affairs Officer

Neil Romanosky, M.L.S.
Dean, University Libraries

Mark Weinberg, Ph.D.
Founding Dean, Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs

Patrick Barr-Melej, Ph.D.
Interim Executive Director of the Center for International Studies

Nicole Pennington, Ph.D.
Executive Dean of Regional Higher Education and Lifelong Learning
Dean of Campus and Community Relations, Ohio University Southern Campus, Ironton

William J. Burke, D.O., FACOFP
Dean, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dublin Campus

Isaac J. Kirstein, D.O., FACOI
Dean, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Cleveland Campus

Elizabeth Longenecker, D.O.
Dean, Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Athens Campus

Executive Academic Staff

John Day, Ph.D.
Associate Provost for Academic Budget & Planning

Howard Dewald, Ph.D.
Associate Provost for Faculty and Academic Planning

Cary Frith, M.S.
Chief of Staff to the Executive Vice President and Provost

Kerri Griffin, J.D.
Director of Civil Rights Compliance and Title IX Coordinator

Rosanna Howard, M.B.A.
Director of Operations & Budget for Regional Higher Education

Jennifer Murphy, Ed.D.
Assistant Vice Provost for OHIO Guarantee Plus Graduation Plans

Beth Pratt, M.A.
Interim Director of Editorial, Design, and Production for OU Press

Mac Stricklen, M.Ed.
University Ombudsperson

Loralyn Taylor, Ph.D.
Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness & Analytics



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