LIMA —Ohio State University-Lima should have a permanent dean and director by summer 2014. Until then, the campus will share a leader with the Marion campus.
Ohio State announced Monday that Gregory Rose, dean and director of the Marion campus, will serve as interim dean and director at the Lima campus beginning July 1, when John Snyder leaves the position.
“We felt is was in the best interest of the campus to not rush into hiring a permanent dean but to really take the time and give ourselves the time to do it right,” said Michael Boehm, vice provost for academic and strategic planning at Ohio State.
Snyder, who announced in November he would step down as dean, will continue to teach on the Lima campus. He came to OSU-Lima in 2003, replacing Violet Meek. The appointment will become official when the Ohio State board of trustees approves it.
Rose has served as dean and director of the Marion campus since 2004. He began his teaching career in 1982 as assistant professor of geography at OSU-Marion, served as associate dean of the campus from 1994 to 2003, and interim dean and director from 2003 to 2004. He continues to teach one geography course a year and continues his research, which focuses on the origins of various 19th century populations in the Midwest.
“Greg is a very good solid leader just like John,” Boehm said. “He has been in administration in one form or another for 19 years. He is a seasoned leader. We thought this was just a really good short-term solution.”
Rose will serve in dual roles on the Lima and Marion campuses and assist OSU-Lima during its leadership transition period. OSU-Lima Associate Dean Allison Gilmore and Rose will collaborate closely during the transition period, and Rose will divide his time between the two campuses, working with the leadership teams at both.
While having a dean serve two campuses is a little unique to Ohio State, Boehm said, other schools have done it. Officials believe it will work because Snyder and Rose have built qualified leadership teams on their campuses.
“I think both campuses are in great hands,” he said. “The Marion campus leadership is just as outstanding as Lima’s. I think they are more than capable of navigating the water.”
A search committee for a permanent dean and director will be formed during fall semester. Boehm said Rose and Gilmore will work with faculty and take time to figure out what qualities and characteristics are needed in the school’s next leader. He said finding someone to continue to build a partnership with Rhodes State College will be a key. The two share a campus.
“I am optimistic that there is a foundation to build on,” Boehm said. “And I am absolutely certain that President (Debra) McCurdy and the board of trustees have reaffirmed their decision to partner with Ohio state to move things forward.”