Thomas Oates

Thomas R. Oates

Director, Ghana Campus, Africa at Webster University

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MA  - English , St. Louis University

PhD  - American Literature , St. Louis University

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Webster University Provost Julian Schuster and Grant Chapman, associate vice president for Academic Affairs and director of International Programs, are pleased to announce that Dr. Thomas (Tom) Oates has been named inaugural director of the Webster University program in Accra, Ghana.
Oates has a long and distinguished career in higher education administration. He began his career in higher education at Webster, where he founded and served as first director of the Media/Journalism Degree Program. In his career he has served in both academic and administrative roles, as a tenured faculty member, department chair, director, campus dean, dean of faculty, senior vice president for academic affairs and university president (twice). Oates has directed university scholarship programs funded by the United States Agency for International Development, and he has recently finished a Ford Foundation-funded international project. "Tom has traveled, taught and conducted research throughout the world," Schuster said. Oates holds an MA in English from St. Louis University and a PhD in American Literature, also from St. Louis University.

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Thomas R. Oates
Special Consultant to the President for International Development at Ohio Dominican University Dr. Oates recently completed eleven years as a college president, first serving Spaulding University before moving to Rocky Mountain College. In the 1980s he was director of U.S. Operations and Academic Programs for the Cooperative Association of States for Scholarships at Georgetown University. Dr. Oates recently completed a nine-year term as chairman of the board of directors for the International Student Exchange Program in Washington, D.C. Tom also has served on the boards of two projects seeking to develop academic programs in Jordan and in Palestine and currently directs The Middle East Peace Institute, a consortium of scholars from the U.S., Ireland, Jordan and Israel, funded by the Ford Foundation.

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The Director of the Ghana Campus, Thomas Oates told the press that Webster stands for upscale American education which is student-eccentric.
He said Ghanaian students should hurry to the university because it will offer them tutelage and classic academic environment that fits tertiary education as practiced in the U.S. There are no other bills like registration, hand-outs etc.", Dr. Oates noted.

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