Miami University names interim dean of regional campuses

Miami University has named Cathy Bishop-Clark its interim dean of regional campuses, effective July 1.

She replaces G. Michael Pratt, the first dean of the combined regional campuses, who will retire June 30.

Currently the associate dean of Miami University Regionals, Bishop-Clark has worked in a faculty or administrative capacity at Miami for 27 years, and has led efforts to create new, regional-based degrees.

She led creation of the health information major, the first bachelor’s degree in computer information technology, and helped develop multiple bachelor degree programs on the regional campuses. Bishop-Clark also led Miami’s efforts to build Greentree Health Science Academy, an educational facility that coordinates efforts of the Atrium Medical Center, City of Middletown and Warren County Career Services.

Miami University Provost Phyllis Callahan said the new interim dean “brings a wealth of academic and administrative experience to this position.”

“My first day on the job will officially signal many of the success we’ve sought after for so long,” Bishop-Clark said. “Along with five new bachelors degrees, our first-ever master’s degree and new, regionally-based departments for all of our faculty, effective July 1 we will officially be unified into a single, strengthened institution called Miami University Regionals. We’ve situated ourselves for sustained, quality growth.”

The regional campuses “are stronger than we ever have been and can now provide even more educational and economic opportunities for our individual communities,” she said. “We’re educating a workforce that is well-rounded, experienced and committed to these communities already. We’re also providing more options for local businesses to invest both in their employees and the future of their companies.

“We are invested in the success of Hamilton and Middletown, and our growth is theirs,” Bishop-Clark said.

Last year she was a West Chester Liberty Chamber Alliance Women of Excellence award winner. She also was 2015 chairwoman of the Middletown United Way Campaign, which raised $1.6 million dollars, $300,000 above goal.

Bishop-Clark, who serves on the Middletown Community Foundation board of trustees, earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Dayton, plus from the University of Cincinnati she received a master’s in Quantitative Analysis and an Ed.D. in educational foundations.

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