Professor Phillip Douthitt named Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

Potomac State College (PSC) of West Virginia University (WVU) President Leonard Colelli, Ph.D., is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Professor Phillip Douthitt to the position of Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.

 “We had an extremely qualified finalist pool for this search and Phil was highly recommended for this position by the Search Committee.  I agreed with this recommendation primarily due to Phil's effective service as Interim Academic Dean as well as his breadth and depth of academic experience, and his understanding of Potomac State’s and WVU’s academic programs and processes,” said Dr. Colelli.

Phillip Douthitt
Phillip Douthitt

In this position, Douthitt will continue to provide leadership for development of the course schedule, hiring of full-time and part-time faculty, supervision of academic support staff, preparation of the academic section of the college catalog, communication with faculty and division chairs regarding academic issues, and assisting the dean with initiatives of the Academic Affairs Office.

“I have enjoyed my 25 years at Potomac State and the challenges and opportunities presented during my 18 months working in administration. I believe in the mission of the college and the excellent education provided to our students, including myself, two of my daughters, and several nieces and nephews. I look forward to working with our new dean, Dr. Tetteh, to expand the academic opportunities and experiences offered at PSC,” said Douthitt.

Douthitt began his career at Potomac State in 1989 as a visiting assistant professor; in 1996 he was appointed to the position of associate professor and in 2001 was promoted to the rank of professor of computer science.  He has been serving as the Interim Dean of Curriculum and Instruction since January 2013.

During his 25 years at the College, in addition to full-time teaching, Douthitt has served in numerous roles, including as chair of the Division of Math and Physical Sciences and of the Faculty Assembly.  Committees he has served on include: the College-Wide-Review Committee, Enrollment Management Council, Instructional Programs, Faculty Affairs, Instructional Resources, Academic Standards, Committee on Committees, and the Division Administration Task Force.

He was the recipient of the PSC Outstanding Professor of the Year Award for 1999 and was also presented with the WV Community College Association Outstanding Contribution Award in 1996.

Douthitt earned an associate degree in business administration from PSC, a bachelor’s degree in business administration from WVU and an M.B.A. in management and marketing, also from WVU.

He holds membership in the Fort Ashby Lions Club where he served two terms as their president, is a member of the Church of the Annunciation in Fort Ashby and is a Third Degree member in the Knights of Columbus. 

He is also the father of three daughters, Lauren, Taylor and Makenna.