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Athens' News - January 2006
Ohio University Names Gregory
Shepherd Dean of the College of Communication
Gregory J. Shepherd, Ph. D., has
been named dean of the College of Communication at Ohio University,
effective Jan. 1, 2006, President Roderick J. McDavis announced today.
Shepherd was named interim dean of the college in August 2004.
“Following an extensive national search, it became apparent that Dr. Greg
Shepherd is the best person to serve as dean of the College of
Communication.” McDavis said. “As interim dean, he spearheaded several
initiatives including helping to develop new international relationships for
the college, expanding the Appalachia READS program, and launching the GRID
lab and arcade, which develops interactive digital technology. Greg
possesses the strong leadership skills that will ensure a quality learning
experience for our students and the continued success of this nationally
As dean, Shepherd provides leadership for the college’s five schoolsthe
E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, the J.W. McClure School of Communication
Systems Management, the School of Communication Studies, the School of
Telecommunications and the School of Visual Communicationand the WOUB
Center for Public Media. He succeeds Provost Kathy Krendl as dean.
“I look forward to continuing to serve Ohio University and the College of
Communication,” Shepherd said. “I am pleased to be working with Provost
Krendl, President McDavis and the high caliber faculty, staff and students
in the college. I am determined to continue to advance the quality of our
educational programs and our outstanding academic reputation.”
Shepherd joined Ohio University in 2001 as professor and director of the
School of Communication Studies.
Prior to joining Ohio University, Shepherd was an assistant professor at the
University of Iowa from 1983 to 1989 and an assistant and associate
professor at the University of Kansas from 1989 to 2001.
Shepherd received a doctorate in speech communication from the University of
Illinois, a master’s degree in speech communication from Pennsylvania State
University and a bachelor’s degree in speech communication from the
University of Minnesota.
"As we move forward with the implementation of Vision Ohio, it is critical
that we recruit academic leaders who will strive for excellence and
effectiveness," Krendl said. "Appointing Greg Shepherd as the next dean of
the College of Communication is an important step in identifying ambitious
academic goals for Ohio University. His focus will be on enhancing the
national prominence of our programs and attracting external resources to
support them. Greg's experience in recruiting and retaining outstanding
faculty and building programmatic excellence provide a strong foundation for
William Rawlins, Stocker Professor of Communication in the School of
Communication Studies, chaired the committee that conducted a nationwide
search for the dean.
“I commend Professor Rawlins and the members of the search committee for
conducting such a diligent and comprehensive search. We had a tremendous
field of talented candidates, and I appreciate their interest in this
position,” McDavis said.
Generates Record Number of Fulbright Awardees and Applicants
past five years, Ohio University students have been increasingly successful
at obtaining U.S. Fulbright Student Program grants. This year, they continue
to perform. Ohio University was among the top 25 producers of Fulbright
awards for the 2005-06 academic year, according to the Chronicle of Higher
Education. With 22 applicants and nine winners, Ohio University claimed the
highest number of Fulbright awards in the state of Ohio for the third
straight year. It tied last year’s university record for the most winners
“Ohio University’s peers on the list of Fulbright producers are
internationally known research institutions such as Harvard and the
University of Michigan,” said Josep Rota, director of the Center for
International Studies and associate provost for International Programs.
“Ohio University is second in the proportion of applicants who were awarded
the fellowship, with a yield of 41 percent. Only Boston College had a higher
A record 29 Ohio University students have applied for the 2006-07 Fulbright
awards. The students represent seven colleges: Arts and Sciences, Business,
Communication, Education, Fine Arts, Health and Human Services, and the
Honors Tutorial College and the Center for International Studies.
More than 130 faculty and staff members participated in this fall’s
application process, which includes writing a project proposal and
intellectual autobiography, participating in interviews and, depending on
the desired destination, a language test. Faculty and staff – who contribute
by advising students, reading versions of their applications, writing
letters of recommendation, participating in campus interviews and
administering foreign language tests – provide crucial support for
applicants’ success, Rota said.
“It means real work,” Rota said. “The faculty involvement means the schools
and the departments support this program. It means that the president and
the provost support this program. That is critical.”
Elizabeth Clodfelter, assistant director of the Center for International
Studies, is another crucial player in Ohio University students’ Fulbright
success. She works with the applicants by helping them through each step of
the application process.
“The high rate of Fulbright applicants and recipients reflects very
positively upon Ohio University as an institution, especially because the
applicants are from disciplines across campus,” Clodfelter said. “It
highlights the academic excellence of Ohio University.”
Students have applied to conduct research, to complete projects in the fine
and performing arts, and to teach English as a foreign language in one of 24
countries located in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, South America, the
Caribbean and the nation of New Zealand.
The Fulbright award is one of the oldest and most prestigious awards in the
nation. Its purpose is to contribute to international knowledge of this
country and to build bridges of understanding through academic studies
between citizens of the United States and citizens of international
Visit the Ohio University Fulbright Web page at
To learn more about Ohio University’s Center for International Studies,