LIMA - Dr. John R. Snyder, dean and director of The Ohio State University at Lima since 2003, announced he will step down from his current role at the end of his second term in June 2013. Dr. Snyder will serve full-time as a faculty member on the Lima campus in health and rehabilitation sciences.

"Ohio State Lima is a very special place of learning in our community where the talents of our faculty and staff are focused on helping our wonderful students begin careers that will make a difference," said Dr. Snyder. "I look forward to remaining a part of this learning community and the greater Lima community."

During his tenure as dean and director, Dr. Snyder has developed academic programs, enhanced the student experience, built facilities and fostered numerous dynamic and fruitful community partnerships. He shepherded the development of coursework for four new curricula: baccalaureate programs in dental hygiene, RN to BSN, theatre, social work and health sciences management. Dr. Snyder also inaugurated an undergraduate research mentorship program as well as an annual forum for research-engaged students to showcase their findings.

Primarily a commuter campus, the student enrollment increased from 1,145 in 2005 to 1,540 in 2010 and he also coordinated the building of off-campus student housing, expanding Ohio State Lima's reach from its traditional 10-county area to 47 counties today.

In addition, Dr. Snyder has led important facilities improvements including the renovation of the Martha W. Farmer Theatre for the Performing Arts, construction of an observatory, renovation of a physics lab to accommodate the first-year engineering program and renovation of space in Reed Hall to create the recently opened Farmer Family Gallery. Further, the campus is currently in the design phase for a new student life building.

Off-campus, Dr. Snyder is involved with several civic boards in the Lima community. He chairs the St. Rita's Health Partners board and the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce Foundation Board. He has also served on boards for the Allen Economic Development Group, the Allen County Council on Aging and the Allen County Board of Developmental Disabilities. He was recently honored wit the Allen County Visionaries Distinguished Service Award.

Nationally, Dr. Snyder is very involved in his field of research and teaching. He serves on boards for the Clinical Laboratory Management Association and the American Society for Clinical Pathology, where he received the Outstanding Service Award for the Board of Registry in 1996 and the Member Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.

Over the past two decades, Dr. Snyder has served in a variety of international activities, including a Fellow forProject HOPE in Haiti, an external evaluator for Kuwait University, a curriculum consultant to the Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia and laboratory trainer for PEPFAR in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Zambia, Ethiopia and South Africa. PEPFAR, or the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, is the U.S. government initiative to help save the lives of those suffering from HIV/AIDS around the world. This commitment is the largest by any nation to combat a single disease internationally, and PEPFAR investments also help alleviate suffering from other diseases across the global health spectrum.