Michael Pratt, Miami University dean of regional campuses and associate provost, greets visitors at a reception Tuesday, Sept. 7, in the Miriam G. Knoll Community Center.
, 60, took over the post in early July.
Amid hors d'oeuvres, coffee and punch, Pratt
told the crowd he
was happy to take the responsibility of overseeing Miami's Middletown, Hamilton campuses, along with the new Voice of America Learning Center
in West Chester Twp.
"At a time when state funding is in decline, at a time when the high school population in Ohio and surrounding states is in decline, we have the opportunity to offer different kinds of degrees, and to re-educate folks who are living in this community and in these areas who plan to stay here," Pratt
Last year Miami University
made the decision to bring Middletown, Hamilton and the VOA under a single administrative position.
Each satellite campus still has two associate deans, who will report to Pratt
"When I interviewed I asked the search committee, president and provost what the plan was to regionalize these campuses," he
"They said, 'We don't have a plan.
It's up to you to build that plan.'"
has a list of ideas, but no agenda.
also said it might take some time.
"Other state universities in Ohio have regional campuses located hours away, and it would be difficult to administer regional campuses that are a hundred miles apart," he
"(Miami's) are minutes away.
It's not difficult to administer campuses 20 minutes apart.
Pratt began his undergraduate education at Miami University Middletown, and finished it in Oxford.
He received his master's and doctoral degrees from Case Western University.
He returns to Middletown after leaving a post at Heidelburg University, where he served as associate vice president for academic affairs.