David Andrews Nominated as Dean of Human Ecology
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 management. "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 University. "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.