ST. CLAIRSVILLE - Ohio University Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit and Interim Executive Dean for Regional Higher Education James Fonseca named Paul Abraham dean of Ohio University Eastern.
Abraham comes to OUE from Ohio University Lancaster, where he served as the associate dean for academic affairs and as an associate professor of mathematics. He was appointed July 15.
"During his time at Ohio University, Paul has been an effective and thoughtful contributor to the work of the Lancaster campus and to the university's regional campuses as a whole," said Benoit. "He knows the contributions that have been made by the students, faculty and staff of the Eastern campus and will be able to assist them in achieving their future objectives."
Abraham has a doctorate and a master's degree in mathematics from Kent State University and a bachelor's degree from Youngstown State University. His work in mathematics centers on functional analysis. Abraham also has published and presented on topics relating to mathematics education.
Prior to joining Ohio University, Abraham was an associate professor of mathematics at Kent State University at Stark County, Ohio, where he also served as the interim assistant dean of academic affairs.
Fonseca said Abraham's extensive experience in the Kent State regional system provided him with the knowledge and background needed to be successful at Ohio University.
"In the three years that he has been at Lancaster, Paul quickly earned the respect of faculty, staff and all of the regional deans and he will be able to make a very smooth transition into his new role," said Fonseca. "I am very pleased that Paul Abraham will be our next dean at Ohio University Eastern."
In reflecting on his appointment, Abraham said the opportunity to become dean of Ohio University Eastern was an "amazing honor."
"The Eastern campus has a very strong and dedicated sense of mission to its community and to the university. I look forward to learning more about the Eastern campus and working closely with its faculty, staff and students," said Abraham.
In making their announcement, Benoit and Fonseca praised the tenure of Richard Greenlee, who is retiring from the Eastern dean position he has held since 2008, and the Zanesville interim dean position, which he has held concurrently since 2011. Benoit and Fonseca agreed that Greenlee's passion for the regional higher education mission and his enthusiasm for the communities of southeastern Ohio is without parallel.
"Rich's concern for the people and places of our region is inspirational. He has dedicated every ounce of his energy to making sure that education is attainable for everyone," said Benoit. "He has been the type of leader that we all aspire to be."
Abraham aims to build on the positive momentum created under Greenlee's watch that saw an increase in the number of bachelor's degrees offered and a noticeable increase in enrollment at the Eastern Campus.
"Dean Greenlee worked tirelessly to increase the educational opportunities at OUE and to promote the quality of an Ohio University education in our local community," said Abraham.
Abraham becomes the fifth dean in the 55-year history of Ohio University's Eastern Campus, following in the footsteps of Robert Bovenizer, James Newton, Paul Bibbins and Greenlee.