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Carey Busch to serve as acting dean of University College

Ohio University Assistant Dean of Student Accessibility Carey Busch will replace Elizabeth Sayrs as acting dean of University College, according to a Friday news release. 

Sayrs, who was appointed interim executive vice president and provost in early January, was brought in to replace David Descutner, who stepped down in December due to medical concerns. 

In her current role within University College, Busch oversees Student Accessibility Services, which provides accommodations to students and faculty with disabilities. Before becoming assistant dean, Busch served as the director of disability services and regional campus accessibility coordinator, as well as assistant director of career services. 

Both Busch and Sayrs will begin their new roles on Jan. 16. 

“I am confident in Dr. Busch’s ability to lead University College during this time of transition and greatly appreciate her willingness to serve in this capacity,” OU President Duane Nellis said in a news release.

Busch will serve as acting dean of University College until a permanent executive vice president and provost is chosen and Sayrs returns to the role. 

Sayrs is the co-chair of the 22-member search committee charged with assisting search firm Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates in appointing a new executive vice president and provost. 

Nellis said he hopes to select a permanent executive vice president and provost by July 1, 2018, according to a previous Post report. 


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