Graduate Studies Expand With New Dean

by Mark D. Weinstein, Executive Director of Public Relations

Seeking to extend and enhance graduate studies and nontraditional programs, Cedarville University has appointed Mark McClain, Ph.D., to serve as the dean of graduate and extended learning programs. He assumes this new role on July 1, 2015.
“I'm excited to serve in this role because it joins together a diverse array of academic programs that are distinct from the residential undergraduate experience, with specific support structures that nurture them,” said McClain. “Our mutual focus on nontraditional learning experiences will help catalyze improvements in service, convenience and effectiveness.”

McClain, a 1989 graduate of Cedarville University, is currently a professor of chemistry and the dean of graduate studies. He joined the faculty in 1996 as an assistant professor of chemistry. McClain earned a doctoral degree in inorganic chemistry and a Master of Science in chemistry from the University of Michigan. In 2013-2014, McClain was awarded Cedarville’s “Faculty Scholar Award” and was recognized as a senior research associate by the National Research Council from 2003-2004.

As the new dean of graduate and extended learning programs, McClain will oversee online student success, summer school and continuing education, international programs, College Now and the center for teaching and learning. He will also lead both the graduate and extended learning services group and the graduate and extended learning council.

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 3,620 undergraduate, graduate and online students in more than 100 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings.