MOUNT UNION NAMES INTERIM VICE PRESIDENT FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS AND DEAN OF THE COLLEGE

June 02, 2010

 
ALLIANCE, Ohio - Dr. Michael Olin-Hitt, associate professor of English at Mount Union College, has been named interim vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College for the 2001-02 academic year.

Olin-Hitt will assume his new role in June and will work closely with Dr. Saundra Tracy, the current vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College, who was recently named the 12th president of Alma College. Dr. Tracy begins her duties at Alma July 1.

"Dr. Olin-Hitt has distinguished himself in many ways during his eight years at Mount Union College," said Dr. John L. Ewing, Jr., president of the College. "We look forward to his leadership during this transition."

A native of Dayton, Ohio, Olin-Hitt joined the faculty at Mount Union in 1993, after earning his doctorate degree in English from The Ohio State University where he served as a graduate teaching associate. He earned his master of arts degree in English from Ohio State in 1989, and graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in English from Otterbein College in 1986.

While at Mount Union, Olin-Hitt has served on the Committee of Cross-Curricular Development, serving as chair of the committee from 1996-98. He also has been co-coordinator of academic advising; advisor to Calliope, the student literary magazine; chair of the Writing Across the Curriculum Subcommittee; coordinator of the Freshman Writing Placement Essays; and an elected member of the General Education Review and Revision Procedures Committee. Additionally, he served on the Fall Faculty Conference Committee in 1995 and on the Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry of the East Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Olin-Hitt is an active fiction writer and has published stories in The Notre Dame Review, The Nebraska Review, The Georgetown Review and other literary journals.

He has earned several honors including the Mount Union College Great Teacher Award in 2000, an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Ohio Arts Council for fiction writing in 2000, and the Gamma Sigma Alpha Faculty Appreciation Award in 1996.

Active in the United Methodist Church, Olin-Hitt has served as a drummer for the Praise and Worship Band, a youth and adult Sunday School Teacher and a member of the Praise, Prayer and Promise Contemporary Worship Leadership Team at Church of the Savior United Methodist. He currently attends the Union Avenue United Methodist Church.

Olin-Hitt, his wife Jennifer and their son Samuel, 3, reside in Alliance.

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