David H Devier, PhD, will end his five-year tenure as Dean of Clermont College on August 31.
Devier is leaving Clermont to become the vice president of academic student affairs at Clark State Community College in Springfield, Ohio.
“I had a lot of good times here,” he said in his campus office June 8. “I will miss the people and the friendships that I have made, both here at the college and in the community.”
During Devier’s tenure, the University of Cincinnati Clermont College has experienced five years of unprecedented growth and improvement.
"We have accomplished many things in five years," said Devier. "We crafted a new mission statement to establish our identity, something that the college has struggled with in the past 35 years. Historically, regional campuses in the state (there are 24) struggle with their identity."
But identity is no longer an issue for Clermont College, said the dean. Devier is very proud of the college, the work he has done, and the legacy that he is leaving (especially construction of the multi-purpose Cougar Dome Student Activities Center).
The new Cougar Dome, where the sports teams practice, contributed to the college's basketball team recently winning the Men's National USCAA Basketball Division II Championships, something the dean is thrilled about.
"I am happy to say that this institution has matured," he said. "It is now 35 years old and it has finally come into its own by establishing itself as an institution in its own right to serve the more than 3,000 enrolled students (not counting the 700 or so enrolled in the bachelor's programs)."
Devier said that Clermont College was poised for significant growth and success when he arrived on the campus in 2002.
"All it needed was a focus and an energizing from everyone, including the community" he said. "And the community has really stepped up and embraced the college more than ever before. I really appreciate all the continued support of the schools, the businesses, and the government in all that we have accomplished. I gave this college everything I could and I now walk away with a tremendous sense of pride and humility. I will miss it."
A farewell reception honoring the service of Dean Devier will take place in the Cougar Dome June 27.
Clermont is currently in the process of hiring a new Dean.