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Search for new dean narrowed down to 5

Feb. 04, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

IRONTON -- The search for a new dean at Ohio University's Southern campus in Ironton has been narrowed to five candidates, according to Hayley Haugen, chair of the search committee.

Thirty people applied for the dean's job and about 11 of them had an initial interview via Skype, Haugen said Monday. Haugen, an English teacher, is faculty coordinator at the Southern campus.

The five remaining candidates are:

Jay Albayyari, associate vice chancellor for research, engagement and sponsored program, professor of mechanical engineering, technology at Indiana University Purdue University at Fort Wayne, Ind.

Fran Dickson, professor of communication studies and chair of the department of communication studies, Chapman University, Orange, Calif.

Douglas Fiore, associate provost for extended education and general and continuing education, a professor of education, Virginia State University.

Donald Fuller, professor of communication disorders, department of communication disorders, Eastern Washington University.

A local candidate, Nicole Pennington, associate director of nursing at Ohio University Southern.

Times are being arranged for all five candidates to visit the Ironton campus and the main campus in Athens, Haugen said. That could take a month or so. The search committee then will choose the top three and submit the names to Ohio University Provost Pam Benoit.

Dan Evans, former Southern campus dean and former executive dean at Ohio University, is serving as interim dean until a new dean is named.

"We are hoping the new dean could start as soon as possible; by June 1 at the latest," Haugen said.

Bill Willan, former Southern campus dean, took the position as executive dean for regional higher education for Ohio University last year. He served as dean at the Southern campus for five years before taking the executive dean's job.

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