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Gregoire named dean of Ohio State's College of Social Work

Thomas K. Gregoire has been named dean of The Ohio State University College of Social Work. Subject to approval by the trustees, his appointment will be retroactively effective on May 1, 2010.

Gregoire has served as interim dean of the college since Sept. 1, 2009. He joined Ohio State's faculty in 1996 and, prior to serving as interim dean, served as associate dean and director of the Master's of Social Work Program for six years. He has taught all levels of undergraduate and graduate courses and the College of Social Work has honored him three times with the Outstanding Graduate Teacher Award.

"Tom has served the College of Social Work and the university extremely well during a transition period for the college," said Executive Vice President and Provost Joseph Alutto. "College faculty and staff both expressed support and appreciation for this decision. I look forward to working with him in this more permanent capacity."

An expert on substance abuse, Gregoire is the principal investigator for a study of evidence-based community intervention for adolescent substance abusers. His work is widely published in peer-reviewed journals, book reviews, and in technical and research reports; and he contributes editorial service to several prestigious journals.

Gregoire has provided extensive university and community service, including serving on five university committees, as a board member for Impact Community Action Agency and as a program evaluator for the Advance Teen Pregnancy Prevention Project.

He has been recognized with the Amethyst Incorporated Unsung Community Hero Award (2008), College of Social Work Tony Tripodi Research and Scholarship Award (2007), and the Community Advocate Award by Franklin County Children's Services. (2006).

Gregoire earned both his Ph.D. and masters degrees from the University of Kansas in 1994 and 1987, respectively. He earned a B.S. from Marymount College of Kansas in 1980.

First accredited in 1919, the College of Social Work is the oldest continuously accredited public social work program in the country. The college--through excellence in teaching, research, and service-- prepares leaders who enhance individual and community well-being, celebrate difference, and promote social and economic justice for vulnerable populations. The college fosters social change through collaboration with individuals, families, communities, and other change agents to build strengths and resolve complex individual and social problems. As an internationally recognized college, it builds and applies knowledge that positively affects Ohio, the nation, and the world.