Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Dr. Barbara Gellman-Danley Named New President of "One Rio"

Former president of Antioch University McGregor, Coordinating Officer for The University of Rio Grande, and currently the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and System Integration for the Board of Regents, Dr. Barbara Gellman-Danley, has been named as the new President of the collaborative University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College called "One Rio". The two institutions are now a merged entity as a result of HB 1, which provided legislation needed for one president to serve both institutions for one-year trial period. She assumes the presidency on October 1, when the current interim president, Don Wood, assumes his previous role as Chair of the University of Rio Grande Board of Trustees.

Dr. Gellman-Danley has been great addition to the Ohio higher education system since her arrival from the Oklahoma system as Vice Chancellor for Educational Outreach for their State Regents office. She also worked in the New York educational system as the VP for Educational Technology and VP of Institutional Advancement. This broad experience in all sectors of higher education will give her the necessary tools and know-how to compete as a successful college president in today's market. As president of Antioch University McGregor, she led an increase in enrollment as well as increased the stature of the university as a adult-education center, providing an opportunity for the non-traditional students who needed to obtain more education.

AICUO would like to congratulate Dr. Gellman-Danley, commend her for her hard work done thus far for the state of Ohio, and welcome her back to the private sector of higher education. We wish her the best and look forward to working with her in her new post.