Webster University Names Inaugural Director of Ghana

| August 20, 2012

From the Office of the Provost & Senior Vice President, Academic Affairs:

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.

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Tom Oates

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. “We are delighted that he has agreed to assist us with the launch and first phase of operations for the newest Webster residential international campus in Accra, Ghana.”

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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    1. Jennifer Gammage says:

      A big congratulations!

    2. Barbara Ann Barbato,SL says:

      Welcome back to where so much that is good began…
      And, there is promise of so much more…
      I am so delighted!
      Peace.

    3. Joanna Farmer says:

      Congratulations and only success!

    4. Tammy Burke says:

      I would like to know more about this new campus in Ghana. what degrees are offered?

    5. Robert J. Fry says:

      Tom, glad you are back. I recall that you were a good colleague, easy going, and a wonderful photographer (Mississippi River photos?). I know you will recall that the early 70′s were a struggle financially for Webster, what a change, huh?
      Best of luck to you in your new position with Webster.

    6. Don Corrigan says:

      Tom, congratulations! You were a great colleague, easy going, and still are a wonderful photographer, as Bob Fry notes. You know the Webster culture and are an excellent choice for this job. I am looking forward to breaking bread with you one of these days and talking about global journalism and covering the outdoors!