MANSFIELD — Stephen M. Gavazzi, dean and director of The Ohio State University at Mansfield is stepping down, effect June 30. A decision on his replacement has not been reported.
“Under his leadership, the Mansfield campus has made substantial progress on many fronts to support the campus’ missions,” said Bruce McPheron, executive vice president and pro vost. “For example, several capital projects have supported both the campus’s academic mission and enriched student life experiences, such as the transformation of the library into a state-of-the-art information commons, the renovation of the student union dining facilities and the facilitation of an off-campus student housing initiative as part of a public-private partnership.
“Dr. Gavazz has also nurtured a strong town-gown community in Richland County, and this university-inspired enga gement has led the development of paid student internships with local businesses, an initiative to support first-generation students and their families, and a greater presence of Ohio State in the north central and northeastern communities of Ohio. In addi tion, he has continued his scholarly work throughout his time in Mansfield, focusing on higher education leadership issues, particularly related to the relationships between universities and their surrounding communities.
“In addition, he has continued his scholarly work throughout his time in Mansfield, focusing on higher education leadership issues, particularly related to the relationships between universities and their surrounding communities.”
Gavazzi will return to his full-time position as Professor of Human Development and Family Science in the College of Education and Human Ecology on the Columbus campus. During the next six months, he plans to complete a book “Land-Grant Universities for the Future: Higher Education for the Public Good” that will be published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2018. Co-authored with E. Gordon Gee, president of West Virginia University, the book will focus critical attention on the ability of land-grant institutions to meet the needs of the communities they were designed to serve.