Martin Tuck, Ph.D., has been named dean of Ohio University-Chillicothe, effective January 10th. He has been serving as interim dean of the campus since May 2011.
The announcement was made by Ohio University Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit and interim Executive Dean of Regional Higher Education James Fonseca. Benoit and Fonseca note that Tuck is a thoughtful and effective leader who has gained the respect of Chillicothe students, faculty, staff and community members.
“I was impressed with the ways in which Marty understood and articulated the tremendous possibilities that exist for the Chillicothe Campus,” Benoit said.
Fonseca noted that “it is exciting for the Chillicothe campus and for all of Regional Higher Education to announce that the search for the dean has been completed. I anticipate that Marty’s leadership will be key not only to the campus but to the development of the regional campus mission across the state.”
Dean Tuck says he looks to continue his efforts to position the campus for future success.
“It is a pleasure and an honor to be selected as dean of the Chillicothe Campus,” Tuck said. “I have been impressed with the campus’ students, faculty and staff, and I have greatly enjoyed becoming a member of the community. The future is extremely bright for further growth and success, and I look forward to continuing to be part of the future of both the campus and local communities.”
“During my time on the Chillicothe Campus, I have developed a great affinity for the mission of regional campuses, particularly OU-C’s connection to this region,” Tuck said. “The Chillicothe Campus is a unique learning community with a student-focused approach and an emphasis on maintaining the quality of life for area residents. It is important that we continue to provide access to the type of quality learning experience that prepares students for lives of impact.”
The Chillicothe Campus dean has put this emphasis on students and the community into action. During his time on campus, Tuck has placed a premium on offering academic programs that respond to strong student interest, align with emerging career fields in the region and support the campus’ mission.
“This is the type of outcome-focused approach which will help to ensure that we continue to serve our mission of utilizing higher education to open doors of opportunity,” Tuck said. “During my time in the community, I have been impressed with how many individuals in this region have earned their Ohio University diploma while taking classes at OU-C.”
Tuck has been a faculty member and academic administrator at Ohio University for more than 25 years. He is an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry on the Athens campus and was chair of the molecular and cell biology program for eight years. He also represented the College of Arts and Sciences in Faculty Senate. For three of the years he spent as a senator, Tuck served as secretary on the Executive Committee of Faculty Senate.
Tuck is known as a dedicated and effective instructor who continued to teach while serving as an administrator. The College of Arts and Sciences recognized his work in the classroom with a Jeanette Grasselli Faculty Teaching Award and the Dean's Outstanding Teaching Award.
During his time at Ohio University, Tuck also served the institution as the associate provost for academic affairs for seven years. In this capacity, he managed a significant administrative portfolio, which included serving as the university's chief accreditation liaison, handling promotion and tenure issues, resolving faculty grievances and overseeing the academic program review process.
Tuck earned his baccalaureate degree from Middle Tennessee State University and his doctorate from the University of Tennessee. He later completed a three-year postdoctoral fellowship at Fels Research Institute of the Temple University School of Medicine. He joined Ohio University in 1986 as an assistant professor of chemistry before being promoted to associate professor of chemistry in 1995.
His research has received funding from prestigious organizations such as the American Cancer Society and centers on the molecular basis of cancer formation. His professional memberships include the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Chemical Society, as well as many other honorary societies.