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David Andrews Nominated as Dean of Human Ecology


	COLUMBUS -- David W. Andrews, professor of human development 
and family science and assistant director of The Ohio State 
University Extension for 4-H Youth Development, has been 
nominated for appointment as dean of Ohio State's College of 
Human Ecology.

	Edward J. Ray, acting senior vice president and provost, 
announced Wednesday (5/13) that he will recommend Andrews to 
Interim President Richard Sisson and the university's Board of 
Trustees for a five-year renewable appointment.  Subject to 
trustee approval, Andrews' appointment will be effective on July 
1, 1998.  His salary will be $123,648.

	"We are extremely pleased with the appointment of Professor 
Andrews as dean," Ray said.  "Professor Andrews has developed an 
outstanding record in teaching, research and service, as well as 
extensive administrative experience in land-grant universities.  
I am confident that he will represent the College of Human 
Ecology very well, and I look forward to working with him."

	Andrews, 41, of DUBLIN, joined Ohio State in August 1995 as 
an associate professor and Extension state specialist in the 
college's Department of Family Relations and Human Development 
(which since has been restructured and renamed).  He became 
assistant director for 4-H youth programs in August 1996 and was 
named a full professor in August 1997.

	Though he has retained his faculty appointment and continued 
to work with graduate students, Andrews' efforts for the past two 
years have been focused on administration of the Ohio 4-H Youth 
Development Program.  Under his leadership, the program has seen 
increased donations, secured two new positions, and established 
and funded new initiatives for urban programming.  The program 
reaches more than 230,000 youths through the efforts of 150 paid 
staff and 35,000 volunteers.

	During his 15-year career in higher education, Andrews has 
taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels, conducted 
research and made dozens of presentations on issues ranging from 
high-risk teens and youth development to child care and family 
life education, delivered outreach and Extension programs, and 
served in progressively more responsible administrative 
positions.  He is strongly committed to land-grant institutions.

	"Colleges of human ecology have long been a traditional part 
of the land-grant system.  Focusing on the balance between 
teaching, research and outreach is one of the fundamental 
principles of the land-grant mission," Andrews said.  "I was 
honored to be considered for this position.  I'm excited about 
this opportunity to be directly associated with the college 
again.  And being involved with the college is my primary 
interest -- especially the opportunity to make a difference for 
families through training students and conducting research that 
focuses on strengthening families." 

	Andrews noted Ohio State's College of Human Ecology is among 
the top-ranked colleges of its kind in the country.  It houses 
three departments: consumer and textile sciences, human 
development and family science, and human nutrition and food 

	"There is a lot to work with here," Andrews said, adding 
that he hopes to continue the college's excellence by increasing 
the resource base and funding through competitive grants and fund 
raising.  "I think the role of a dean is to find the resources 
necessary to complement what is provided by the university."

	Andrews' areas of teaching specialization include adolescent 
and youth development, early childhood education, program 
development and evaluation, and parenting.  Before coming to Ohio 
State, he was co-investigator on National Institute of Mental 
Health and National Institute of Drug Abuse adolescent drug-abuse 
prevention projects as a research scientist for the Oregon Social 
Learning Center in Eugene from 1989 to 1995.  He also was an 
adjunct professor of psychology at the University of Oregon from 
1989 to 1995.  He taught in the Department of Human Development 
and Family Studies at Oregon State University from 1983 to 1989, 
heading that department from 1985 to 1989.

	Andrews is a past member of the Parent Involvement Task 
Force for Ohio Family and Children First.  At Ohio State, he 
serves on the OSU Cares Steering Committee and the Ohio State 
Extension Marketing Task Force and Administrative Cabinet.  He 
received his bachelor's degree in psychology from Auburn 
University, a master's in child development from Kansas State 
University, and his Ph.D. in child development from Florida State 

	"Dr. Denis Medeiros has been serving as interim dean of the 
College of Human Ecology for the past year.  We are deeply 
appreciative for his guidance and commitment to the college 
during this time of transition," Ray said.  Medeiros, an 
associate dean of the college and professor of human nutrition, 
was appointed interim dean on July 1, 1997.  Medeiros replaced 
the previous dean, Jerelyn Schultz, who returned to the faculty.


Contact:  David W. Andrews, Ohio State Extension, (614) 292-6996
		Edward J. Ray, Academic Affairs, (614) 292-5881

* A photo of David Andrews is available.  Call Emily Caldwell at 
University Communications, (614) 292-8309.