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Dr. Roger Goldberg Takes Leave

Dr. Roger H. GoldbergBeginning Aug. 1, Dr. Roger H. Goldberg, associate vice president for academic affairs and professor of economics, will take a leave from his duties at Ohio Northern University and officially retire early next year.

Dr. Kendall L. Baker, ONU president, said, "Roger has contributed enormously to the welfare and development of ONU over many years. He is widely - and deservedly - respected by former students and colleagues alike. While I wish him the very best in retirement, there is no doubt that he will be greatly missed at ONU."

Goldberg received his BA (cum laude) from Cornell in 1967 and his M.A. from Indiana University in 1969. He joined Ohio Northern as an instructor in economics the same year. He was appointed assistant professor of economics in 1973 and associate professor in 1980. In 1981 he received his doctorate from Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. He was named professor of economics in 1987.

In 1992 he moved into an administrative role with the University, taking the position of assistant vice president for academic affairs under the leadership of ONU President Debow Freed and Dr. Anne Lippert, vice president for academic affairs. In 1996 he became associate vice president for academic affairs.

Goldberg has been active in University, professional and community activities. In 1989-90 and 1990-91, he served as chair of the University Council. During his tenure as a faculty member, he chaired the budget and appropriations committee, academic affairs and personnel committees as well as serving on various other college and University committees. He is a past holder of the George W. Patton endowed chair.

He has served as president of the Ohio Association of Economists and Political Scientists and as a member of the National Tax Association, the American Economic Association and the Midwest Economics Association.

In the classroom, Goldberg was known as a demanding and effective professor. Stephen A. Malbasa, BA '75, now an ONU trustee and vice president of American Funds in Cleveland, Ohio, told The Business Exchange, "One of the things I appreciate the most about Dr. Goldberg is that he took a complex subject, economics, and helped me understand it, although it was very challenging. Once I got over the fear, he made complex subjects interesting and fun to learn."

Goldberg did the same both on and off campus, publishing articles on teaching economics and speaking about economic topics to community organizations and alumni groups.

As associate vice president for academic affairs, Goldberg has been responsible for the University catalog, Honors Day, summer school, international-student matters and oversight of academic scheduling, assessment and faculty governance.

Goldberg said, "I've enjoyed my many years in teaching and administrative roles at the University, and most of all, I have fond memories of all the individuals who supported me in my various tasks."