We are at the close of another school year and this one especially has been an exciting one. It is also a bittersweet end to the year as we say farewell to my two leadership partners in the Dean’s suite.
Associate Dean David Tovey, who has held the position for more than six years, returns to his first love – teaching music on the Mansfield campus. Terri Fisher will retire after 33 years of service at Ohio State Mansfield, including three years as assistant dean, and move to the Chattanooga, Tenn. area where she plans to stay active in the academic arena.
Dave Tovey greeted me to campus when I was named dean and stood by my side throughout first year, ensuring a seamless transition. He has been instrumental in overseeing the conversion from quarters to semesters (a project that spanned nearly three years), as well as having been instrumental in bringing new degree programs and classes to the campus, including Sociology and undergraduate Social Work, as well the establishment of licensure for Education majors. Talks with the College of Engineering the first year he was assistant dean resulted in our campus offering a first-year Engineering program. Dave also has been closely supervising plans for a second year Engineering program alongside efforts to increase online courses and opportunities for students to study abroad.
Terri Fisher also was there to greet me as the new dean in her capacity as Faculty President, agreeing to continue her term in order to provide a sense of leadership stability. Because of her efforts, research activities have exponentially increased. She expanded the scope of undergraduate research on our campus and incorporated an understanding of the benefits of undergraduate research into our campus culture. As well, Terri helped to develop a novel approach to retention in which a staff member is the intake person for academic concerns about students. She also was instrumental in applying the principles of Complete College America initiative for the four-year degree programs offered on our campus in order to enhance student success and increase graduation rates.
I thank both Dave and Terri for their selfless service to Ohio State Mansfield and wish them well!
Stephen M. Gavazzi, Ph.D.