OACHE Welcomes New Chair

Dr. Charlotte HatfieldThe new year brings about a change in the leadership of the OACHE board of directors. Beginning a two-year term as board chair is Dr. Charlotte Hatfield.  Dr. Hatfield became the fifth president of Washington State Community College in Marietta, Ohio, in July 2002. Since joining the college, she has started the Washington State Community College Foundation; developed a Phase II site plan; opened a $1.2 million diesel truck instructional lab; started new academic programs including American Sign Language and Simulation and Game Design; and created an Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy to serve Southeast Ohio.

She spent the 1980s teaching public relations in the Journalism Department at Ball State University and in the late 1990s entered the two-year college arena as executive director of marketing and public relations for Ivy Tech State College, later serving as executive dean of the Elkhart Campus of Ivy Tech. Dr. Hatfield has three degrees from the University of Texas at Austin: a bachelor’s and master’s in Journalism and a doctorate in Community College Leadership/Higher Education Administration. Her first degree was an Associate of Arts from her hometown college, Hutchinson Community College, in Hutchinson, Kansas.

In her new role as chair of the OACHE Board of Directors, Dr. Hatfield succeeds Dr. Joe Bukowski, president of Belmont Technical College.

“The OACHE would like to thank Dr. Bukowski for the outstanding leadership he has provided as our board chair over the last two years,” said Dr. Brenda Haas, OACHE executive director. “We also welcome Dr. Hatfield as chair and look forward to working with her leadership over the next two years.”

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New Access Study Releases Secondary-Data Analysis

Access and Success Study--Report 1

The Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University has completed the first product of a two-year research effort addressing postsecondary education access and completion for students from the 29 Appalachian Ohio counties. This research effort, which will update the 1992 Appalachian Access and Success Study that served as the catalyst for creation of the OACHE, is being conducted in partnership with the OACHE, Ohio University’s Center for Higher Education, the Ohio Board of Regents, the Ohio Department of Education’s Ohio College Tech Prep Program, and the Ohio College Access Network.

The recently completed Report 1: Analysis of Selected State and National Data, is the first of five reports that will be completed as part of the study Access and Success—Appalachian Ohio: College Access, Retention, Postsecondary Pathways, and Completion. Report 1 uses existing state and national data sources to look at the characteristics, college readiness behaviors, rates of college enrollment, and college choices of recent high-school graduates. Subsequent reports in the study will analyze additional primary and secondary data sources to assess the current status of college access in Appalachian Ohio as well as postsecondary pathways and completion for Appalachian Ohio students.

Download Report 1: Analysis of Selected State and National Data (PDF)

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Farewell to OACHE Board Member

Dr. Paul BibbinsThe OACHE bids farewell and best wishes to one of its board members. Dr. Paul E. Bibbins, Jr., who represented Ohio University on the OACHE Board of Directors, left his post as dean of Ohio University’s Eastern Campus in St. Clairsville effective Dec. 31, to accept a position as president of a private nonprofit educational foundation in Virginia.

Dr. Richard Greenlee, OU’s associate provost for Appalachian access and enrichment programs, is serving as interim dean of OU–Eastern Campus. Dr. Bibbins served as dean of OU–Eastern Campus from 2004–2007. Prior to assuming that role, he was dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and a professor of biology at Kentucky State University, where he also served as interim president.

“The OACHE would like to thank Dr. Bibbins for his service as a member of our Board of Directors,” said Dr. Brenda Haas, OACHE executive director. “His leadership was vital to the success of our recent 14th Annual Conference, which was co-hosted by Belmont Technical College and OU–Eastern Campus. We wish him the best in this new chapter of his career.”

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