LIMA — The new dean of The Ohio State University at Lima wants to transform the regional campus into a destination for students, rather than a gateway to another university.
“In my view it needs to be a destination,” said Dr. Timothy Rehner, now in his sixth month as dean of the OSU-Lima campus.
Rehner is calling his plan “Destination OSU-Lima,” a multi-part proposal to introduce new degree programs and campus installations in the hopes that more students stay local.
Already, Rehner said a new bachelor’s degree in engineering technology is in development, which he anticipates will launch by the fall of 2020. And Rehner plans for the campus to offer more STEM opportunities along with a restorative agriculture program, which would focus on agronomics and bio-energy.
Preliminary plans are also in the works for the OSU-Lima campus to have a residence hall and dining commons of its own by 2023.
“We have to create a campus experience that welcomes them (and) motivates them to stay,” Rehner told the Lima Rotary Club on Monday.
Rehner sees his plans for OSU-Lima as complimentary to the city’s broader revitalization and rebranding efforts.
“(OSU-Lima) needs to be part of the solution for how we keep talent in northwest Ohio … We need more people in Ohio that have associate degrees, undergraduate degrees and graduate degrees,” he said. “They all need to stay here, and they need to have jobs they consider meaningful.”
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