Gregory S. Ochoa, Ed.D., Appointed Dean of Academic Affairs at Potomac State

President Leonard Colelli of Potomac State College of West Virginia University is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Gregory S. Ochoa, Ed.D. as Dean of Academic Affairs, effective July 1, 2016.  “I look forward to Dr. Ochoa’s leadership to enhance the quality and effectiveness of our Academic Affairs Unit for the betterment of our students and our institution,” stated President Colelli. 

Dr. Ochoa comes to PSC with 17 years of higher education administrative experience as Interim Dean for Graduate and Continuing Studies at Stephens College (Columbia, MO), Academic Dean for the Center of Professional and Continuing Studies at Mount St. Mary’s University (Frederick Campus) and the following positions at  Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania:  Department Chair of Academic Programs and Services, Director of the Academic Success Program, Associate Dean of Students (and International Student Advisor), and Director of Multicultural Development and Character Education.

Gregory S. Ochoa, Ed.D.
Gregory S. Ochoa, Ed.D.

Dr. Ochoa earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Creighton University, an M.A. in Psychology at West Virginia Graduate College (Marshall University), and an Ed.D. in an Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program at Duquesne University with a dissertation titled:  “Perceived Character Development in a Mentoring Relationship from the Voices of Students and their Student Affairs Mentors”. 

Other professional experiences in his field of expertise include 15 years as director of an outpatient family clinic, director of a county behavioral health program, coordinator of a residential group home, and a residential rehabilitation counselor.  His vita shows experience in identifying needs of contemporary learners, accelerated and on-line academic programs, diversity seminars, student support programs for at-risk students (Summer Bridge and Comprehensive Academic-Year) and freshman orientation programs. 

Dr. Ochoa has also written numerous articles for professional journals; served on search committees, a distance education task force, a business education community foundation, a multicultural caucus, a sexual harassment awareness committee, a diversity scholarship committee, a human relations committee, judicial boards, and local school board;  and presented at national conferences in his field of expertise.   His professional memberships have included the Council for Accelerated Programs, Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (LERN), Association for Continuing Higher Education (Maryland State Representative), Association for Conflict Resolution, Association for International Educators, and the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity advisory board.   

When asked to comment on his new position at Potomac State, Dr. Ochoa said “I am honored to join the team at Potomac State College of WVU and look forward to serving the students, faculty and staff at this important time for the institution."