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ONU welcomes dean


Dean AlbrechtLast month, Ohio Northern University welcomed Catherine Albrecht, Ph.D., as the new dean of the Getty College of Arts & Sciences, which has a faculty of 135 and 16 departments offering more than 50 majors and concentrations.

She comes to Ohio Northern from the University of Baltimore, where she taught in the division of legal, ethical and historical studies since 1990. Though teaching is a passion, Albrecht realized an interest in administrative duties. “I was the chair of some organizations at the University of Baltimore and really enjoyed it,” she says. “Being a dean allows me to use what I already know while allowing me to develop further in different areas.”

She just needed to find the perfect school.

“Ohio Northern is a really attractive University, both inside and out,” Albrecht says. “The size of the school and its excellent faculty contribute to a great environment that fits the needs of its students and its community.” Another aspect that appealed to Albrecht was “ONU’s focus on the combination of liberal arts and the sciences.”

Although she comes to ONU during a period of major change – the switch from quarters to semesters – Albrecht is not concerned about any potential difficulties. “We’re going to undergo a big change in the next few years, but it’s the right change. The transition will do great things for general education at the University, and I’m excited to be here for that and to help facilitate it.”

Albrecht brings a unique background to her role as dean. Albrecht received her bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees in history from Indiana University. She has published many articles and was recognized as the Distinguished Chair in Teaching in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Baltimore in 2004-5. She has conducted research in many countries, including the Czech Republic, Austria and Germany, and has participated in academic exchanges in across Europe.

Albrecht’s unique background extends past her professional life, too, and the Czech Republic holds a special place in her heart. Not only does she speak Czech, one of Albrecht’s favorite films is “Loves of a Blonde,” a film from 1960s Czechoslovakia. When asked about her favorite president, Albrecht gives a unique answer: “Tomas Garrigue Masaryk, president of Czechoslovakia in the early-to-mid 1900s.”

Albrecht understands that a dean’s job requires her to be close to the University. “I’m living right here in Ada and will be close to the campus,” she says. “I’m looking forward to being right here and participating in various extracurricular programs.”

But most of all, Albrecht says, “I’m looking forward to starting off a great year.”

Alan Ohman, senior creative writing major from Swanton, Ohio