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UC Blue Ash College Dean to Leave for Hope College

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Cady Short-Thompson is leaving her position as dean of the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College to become the new provost at Hope College in Holland, Michigan.

“This was a very difficult decision. My seven years at UC Blue Ash have been the most exciting, productive and gratifying of my career,” says Short-Thompson. “I am extremely proud of all that we have accomplished. Our leadership team, faculty, staff, students and the community have collaborated to generate a lot of energy and new ideas that have put the college in a position of significant strength. I know it will continue on this positive trajectory.”

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Short-Thompson became dean in 2010 and has led several key initiatives that have transformed the college.

Short-Thompson became dean in 2010 and has led several key initiatives that have transformed the college, right down to the name. One of the first important steps she took was beginning the complex process of changing the name from Raymond Walters College to UC Blue Ash College to better align with the University of Cincinnati.

The new identity for the college goes well beyond the new name. There is a buzz across the scenic campus that comes from the steady momentum that has been building under Short-Thompson’s leadership. There is Progress Hall, a new construction project that will add much-needed classroom and office space when it’s completed this summer; a new honors program for high-achieving students that will begin this fall; and a new selective admissions process for high-demand health care programs that eliminates waiting lists and helps qualified students get enrolled sooner.

“Dean Short-Thompson’s spirit, vision and hard work have advanced UC Blue Ash’s educational mission, regional reach and connectivity to the UC Uptown Campus during her tenure,” says Peter Landgren, interim senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at UC. “Anyone who knows Cady or has had the pleasure to work with her knows her passion for supporting students and the quality of education they deserve to advance their lives and careers. She is not only a valued colleague, she is a good friend and ally. Cady will be missed at UC. Our loss is Hope College’s gain. We wish her and her family well in their new adventure.”

Highlights of the progress at UC Blue Ash under Short-Thompson’s leadership include:

  • Increasing community engagement and growing the amount of annual giving to the college from $100,000 to $600,000;
  • Leading the creation of the new UC Blue Ash 5K Dash for Scholarships, which has generated $178,000 in funding for student scholarships;
  • Implementing major expansion and renovation projects, including the new Progress Hall, a multi-phase renovation of Muntz Hall, and the renovation of the UC Blue Ash Library.
  • Helping lead the development of the new Applied Administration bachelor’s degree program and taking the Bachelor’s in Radiation Science Technology fully online.
  • Inspiring the creation of the UC Smiles program that has provided free teeth cleanings to more than 1,500 area school children through the UC Blue Ash Dental Hygiene Clinic;
  • Launching the UC Blue Ash Shuttle to allow students to commute for free between the UC Uptown and Blue Ash campuses.

Short-Thompson will remain as dean of UC Blue Ash College until July 7. Interim Provost Landgren will meet with faculty and staff at the college in the coming days to discuss transition plans and will work toward having an interim dean appointed as soon as possible.

About UC Blue Ash College

UC Blue Ash College is a regional college within the University of Cincinnati. It offers one of the best values in higher education with access to a nationally recognized UC education in nearly 50 degrees and certificates, as well as tuition that is about half of most colleges and universities. The college is located on a scenic 135-acre wooded campus in the heart of Blue Ash, Ohio.

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