Former Business Dean Named To Two-Year Term As Ohio University President
By: David Forster
Thursday, May 27, 2021
< < Back to ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The former dean of Ohio University’s enterprise faculty will function the college’s president for the following two years. Hugh Sherman will serve out the remaining two years that President Duane Nellis would have served below the phrases of his six-year contract. Nellis introduced two weeks in the past that he's stepping down early and can return to instructing as a geography professor on the college. Sherman’s appointment because the college’s twenty second president is efficient June 14 and runs via June 30, 2023. Hugh Sherman [Ohio University]“It is a good honor to serve a college and a area that I really like and that I've known as residence for greater than 20 years,” Sherman mentioned in a ready assertion. “I take this cost very critically, and I'm absolutely dedicated to partnering with college students, college, workers and neighborhood members to maneuver Ohio University ahead in a means that honors our 217-year historical past but in addition positions us for future success.” The college’s board of trustees introduced Sherman’s appointment late Thursday afternoon and mentioned it plans to launch a seek for the college’s twenty third president in early fall of 2022 with plans for that individual to start no later than July 1, 2023. Sherman takes the helm because the college struggles with a steep decline in enrollment over the previous a number of years that has lower deeply into its working funds, resulting in layoffs, necessary furloughs and different cost-cutting measures. University leaders undertaking this droop will proceed for no less than one other couple of years. Sherman served as dean of the enterprise faculty from 2007 till January of this 12 months, when he stepped down with plans to return to instructing as a professor of administration. Under Sherman’s management, the enterprise faculty was constantly ranked as one of many high 50 public undergraduate enterprise schools within the nation and the variety of enrolled college students doubled throughout this time. “Hugh Sherman is a revered chief who achieved a fantastic deal throughout his time as dean of the faculty of enterprise and can make a superb president throughout this time of transition,” board of trustees Chairman Cary Cooper mentioned in a ready assertion. Sherman began his profession with Ohio University in 1995 after a 22-year profession in enterprise. He launched his skilled profession with Swatch Watch (previously SMH Corp.), a big Swiss watch and electronics producer, in 1974. He served as vice chairman of selling till 1986 and through that point was answerable for creating and implementing advertising methods for a $50 million division in addition to helping the North American group president in creating strategic advertising and operational plans within the United States. During his time within the personal sector, Sherman additionally served as a advisor and based International Footwear, working eight manufacturing unit outlet shoe shops all through the East Coast. After becoming a member of Ohio University, Sherman directed the MBA program as assistant dean after which rose into a variety of management positions, together with chair of the Department of Management Systems, affiliate dean of Operations and Strategy, affiliate director of the Voinovich School for Leadership and Public Affairs, and assistant to the college provost for strategic planning. He presently serves as a senior fellow on the Voinovich School, offering strategic oversight of financial growth and management packages. Sherman and his spouse, Cynthia, higher often known as Nikki, are lively members of the Athens neighborhood and the bigger Southeast Ohio area, not too long ago establishing a scholarship for Appalachian college students. Sherman additionally volunteers his time with varied neighborhood organizations all through Ohio and serves on the board of administrators for Tech Growth and the Ohio University Inn. Sherman holds a bachelor’s diploma in economics and finance from Guelph University in Canada, an MBA from Northeastern University, and a Ph.D. in strategic administration and worldwide enterprise from Temple University. His analysis pursuits embody company governance, worldwide enterprise, entrepreneurship and financial growth.