Toomey Named Acting Dean of Social Work
Published on July 13, 1993
Toomey Named Acting Dean of Social Work BEVERLY TOOMEY CONFIRMED AS ACTING DEAN OF SOCIAL WORK COLUMBUS -- Professor Beverly G. Toomey today was appointed acting dean of the College of Social Work at The Ohio State University, retroactive to July 1. The process had been questioned and his own qualifications presented by Charles Ross, associate professor of social work, at the full board meeting. For the past two weeks, Ross has publicly declared himself to be the "elected acting dean" of the college. The appointment was made on the condition that a sub- committee of the board would further review Toomey's qualifications and the appointment process. According to Deborah Casto, chair of the trustees and a member of the sub-committee, "The sub-committee met immediately after the full board meeting and found no reason to change the trustees' appointment of Dr. Toomey." "We concluded that Dr. Toomey is well qualified to become acting dean and that the procedure followed by Provost Joan Huber was in compliance with the applicable university rules and policies." Although the full board already had reviewed her qualifications, the committee was formed in response to Professor Ross's challenge, explained Malcolm Baroway, Ohio State's executive director of communications. Deans, Baroway said, are appointed by the Board of Trustees upon nomination of the president. The president is authorized, he explained, to delegate the nomination process, "and for many years the Ohio State president has given the responsibility to the provost, who is the university's chief academic officer." The Rules of the Faculty require the president or provost, when nominating a dean, to consult with department chairs within the college and to consider their recommendations. The rules do not require a vote, nor do they require the provost to nominate any person recommended by the department chairs, Baroway explained. "The normal process, followed repeatedly in the past and in this case, is for broad consultation with the faculty in the college so as to make the best informed decision possible. What is required is that the provost recommend the person who, in her view, will best serve the college and the university." The exact wording (Faculty Rule 3335-3-29 A) is: "There shall be a dean of each college who shall be a member of its faculty and the administrative head of the college. Each dean shall be appointed by the board of trustees upon nomination of the president. Before making his nomination, the president shall confer with members of the faculty of the college for which the dean is to be appointed and shall consider the recommendations of the chairpersons of the departments and the directors of the schools in that college." Because of the small size of the college, Huber had invited all 27 of the regular social work faculty to voice their opinions. Faculty input had been received in two forms: a faculty meeting vote, which included adjunct faculty and resulted in the recommendation of Ross; and individual letters and meetings between regular faculty and the provost, in which the overwhelming support was for Toomey. Baroway noted that in several meeting with social work faculty, and again in her letters to the faculty, the provost had explained the faculty role in selecting the dean and pointed out that deans are not chosen by popular vote. # [Submitted by: GERSTNER (email@example.com) Tue, 13 Jul 93 10:55:10 EST] All documents are the responsibility of their originator.