Who:  The Ohio State University at Lima
University names new Dean for Ohio State Lima
  March 20, 2003
The Ohio State University
Pam Joseph at (419) 995-8284 or Erin McVicker at (419) 995-8332


March 20, 2003

Contact: Pam Joseph at (419) 995-8284 or Erin McVicker at (419) 995-8332

University names new Dean for Ohio State Lima

Board to consider appointment at April 4 meeting

Executive Vice President and Provost Edward J. Ray has recommended to the president the appointment of John R. Snyder as Dean and Director of Ohio State Lima, effective July 1, 2003 through June 30, 2008. Ohio State President Karen A. Holbrook will ask the University’s Board of Trustees to approve the appointment at its April 4 meeting.

Snyder, Dean of the School of Allied Health Professions at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, will succeed Violet I. Meek, who retires June 30, 2003, after 12 years as dean and director.

“Dr. Snyder brings extensive administrative experience in strategic planning, faculty governance, the creation of promotion and tenure standards and guidelines, and development activities,” said Ray. “In addition, he has been active and productive in the larger community having, for example, worked with more than 600 clinical education affiliation agreements with community healthcare institutions.”

“With his considerable experience in both the academic and administrative worlds, Dr. Snyder will make an excellent leader for Ohio State Lima as it continues to expand its program offerings and bring the mission of Ohio’s only land grant institution to West Central Ohio,” said Violet I. Meek, dean and director. “His academic background and past experience with Ohio State make him the perfect choice for Ohio State Lima and the greater community.”

Snyder has worked in the Allied Health field throughout his career. Prior to coming to Louisiana State in 1996, he served in similar positions at the Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, and the University of Nebraska Medical Center and College of Medicine. During his previous tenure at Ohio State, Dr. Snyder served as the Associate Director of the School of Allied Medical Professions and Director of Allied Medicine Graduate Studies. He held a dual appointment as an Associate Professor of Allied Medical Professions and in the Department of Pathology.

“I am delighted to be coming to Lima to work with the outstanding faculty, staff and students at The Ohio State University. As a former Ohio State faculty member in Columbus, I already know much about this magnificent institution. Ohio State Lima affords access to the same high quality education,” Snyder said. “Ohio State Lima has wonderful physical resources, accomplished faculty who are focused on meeting the needs of students and the community, and dedicated staff. I am truly impressed with the focus of the campus to make a difference in individuals' lives and careers, and in being a force for positive change in the community.”

He and his wife Millie will be looking for a home in the Lima area in the near future. The move will also bring them closer to their two children, who are both married and live in Indiana and Illinois.

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