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Tuscarawas News Detail

Dr. Andrews To Leave Post in July

Posted Oct. 23, 2013

Dr. Gregg L. Andrews, dean and chief administrative officer of Kent State University at Tuscarawas, announced today he will resign as dean effective July 1, 2014. He plans to accept an assignment to become the Special Assistant to the Associate Provost and Regional College Dean at Kent State University and will teach at Kent State Tuscarawas. It is his intention to retire July 1, 2015 after 30 years of service to the university.

Andrews was hired as the Dean of Kent State Tuscarawas in August of 1995. He is the third and longest serving dean of the campus. While serving as campus dean, Andrews also taught sociology, and from 2008-2009 served as the Interim Executive Dean for Regional Campuses. Prior to coming to Kent State Tuscarawas he was the Director of Special Programs and Continuing Studies at Kent State University at Stark.

In his announcement to the campus community, Andrews said, "I am extremely proud of the progress Kent State Tuscarawas has made during the past 18 plus years. Together, we have built an outstanding, highly-credentialed, student-centered faculty; significantly expanded new degree program opportunities to meet the needs of our local community; expanded our commitment to economic and community development; and have completed numerous facility renovations and new construction including our state-of-the-industry Science and Advanced Technology Center and our world-class Performing Arts Center. The campus is well positioned financially and programmatically for the future. It has truly been my privilege and honor to serve as the dean and chief administrative officer of this very special campus."

Roger Lile, a member of the Tuscarawas County University District Board of Trustees and the Tuscarawas County University Foundation, is appreciative of Andrews' service to the university and complimented him on the development and implementation of his vision of the future of the campus.

"It is with sadness that I learned of Gregg Andrews' decision to leave his position as Dean and Chief Administrative Officer of the Kent State Tuscarawas to accept this special assignment for the University," said Lile. "I honor his decision and wish him every success in the future. We, as residents of the Tuscarawas County community, and trustees, directors, faculty and staff of Kent State University at Tuscarawas, have been very fortunate to have had Dean Andrews as the leader of our campus for the past 18 years. The Dean's exceptional abilities and vision have greatly strengthened both the Tuscarawas Campus as an important center of higher education in northeast Ohio and our multi-county community which will be served by the soon-to-be-completed Tolloty Center, a high-tech incubator facility championed by Dean Andrews.

"Through Dean Andrews' efforts, stewardship, foresight and leadership, our campus is the site of the state-of-the-art Science and Advanced Technology Center, a spectacular Performing Arts Center, and a renovated Founders Hall, which was the original building on the campus. It is important to note that the entire campus is owned by the residents of Tuscarawas County and exists free of debt. We are indeed much richer for having had Gregg Andrews at the helm of our campus. Although we will all move on, Gregg will be sorely missed as our Dean and friend."

As the major fund-raiser for the capital campaigns for both the Science and Advanced Technology Center and the Performing Arts Center, Andrews successfully raised nearly $10 million, enabling both facilities to open debt free. He also prioritized fundraising for new scholarships, endowed scholarships and emerging campus initiatives. His overall fundraising totals in excess of $20 million during his tenure as dean and chief administrative officer.

"Dr. Andrews is leaving a proud legacy," stated Doug Ross, president of the Tuscarawas County University Foundation. "His impeccable financial and educational leadership is directly responsible for the success of the campus, faculty, staff and most importantly the students. I am impressed by his dedicated fundraising efforts, as well as his ongoing, strong commitment to building community partnerships that will benefit our area for years to come." 

Frank Rose, chairman of the Tuscarawas County University District Board of Trustees, commented on the legacy Andrews will leave. "Dean Gregg Andrews has served Kent State Tuscarawas with vision and vigor. During his tenure, our campus has experienced tremendous growth, graduating thousands of students who are now embedded in well-paying careers throughout our community, our state and nation.

"In addition, under Dean Andrews' guidance and with his perseverance, our campus added the state-of-the-art Science and Advanced Technology Center and the Performing Arts Center, filling community needs and affording additional educational avenues for our students, training facilities for business and industry, and enriching the cultural experience for our citizens.

"When Dean Andrews took the helm of Kent State Tuscarawas, he was relatively unknown in our community.  Today, he is an influential leader and visionary, helping to spearhead among other things the development of the Tolloty Technology Incubator, the gateway facility to the Tuscarawas Regional Technology Park on Tech Park Drive in New Philadelphia, which also is owned by Kent State Tuscarawas. 

"Our feedback indicates that Dean Andrews is widely applauded and appreciated by staff, students and citizens. Members of the Kent State Tuscarawas Board of Trustees acknowledge a job well done and wish him success in his future endeavors.  We look forward to working with Dean Andrews and Kent State University during this period of transition that will commence today."

Andrews is a strong proponent of town-gown partnerships and involvement in community organizations, especially economic development initiatives. "Gregg's leadership and foresight have been tremendous assets for the campus, the area and the community in general," acknowledged Robert Espenschied, a member and past president of the Tuscarawas County University Foundation. "His leadership in not only the campus activities but leadership in other numerous community organizations will be hard to replace."

Andrews' many economic development and community volunteer activities include, among others: Tuscarawas County Community Improvement Corporation (CIC) where he serves as a Class "A" Trustee, held the office of president for three years, served on the executive committee for nine years and the Knowledge Based Economic Development Committee; Tuscarawas Sci Tech Corp, where he serves as president; Tuscarawas 2020 Team Leader; Tuscarawas County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, serving as president in 2001; Tuscarawas County United Way Board of Directors and Executive Committee, serving as president in 2001; Workforce Investment Board (WIB) for Stark and Tuscarawas Counties and the WIB Executive Committee, and chair of the One Stop Committee.

Among the many milestones achieved under Andrews' leadership, are:

  • Enrollment increased from 1,100 to more than 2,400 this semester
  • ·       Associate Degree programs offered on the campus have grown from 12 to 18

  • ·       Bachelor's degrees were launched in 1997 and now total 10 that can be completed on campus

  • ·       A strong focus on student success initiatives

  • ·       Full time resident faculty members now total 53

  • ·       Facility expansions and renovations have transformed the campus. In addition to the Science and Advanced Technology Center and the Performing Arts Center, facility expansions include the expansion of the Founders Hall lobby and the renovation and repurposing of vacated classrooms in Founders Hall.

  • ·       A major renovation of Founders Hall and the campus library completed this past summer

  • ·       Facility enhancements with a high priority for safety and security protocols

  • ·       Fostering of entrepreneurship through student based initiatives and business training and counseling

  • ·       Enhanced student activities and athletics

  • ·       Established a Master Plan to strategically outline the future development of the campus

  • ·       Development of online courses

  • ·       Development of the Artist/Lecture Series and the Voices of Distinction Series, offering both series to students and the public free of charge.

A national search will be conducted to secure a replacement for Andrews before the end of the academic year.