Phil Douthitt will assume the role of dean of academic affairs at WVU Potomac State College in Keyser beginning July 1, as current dean Gregory Ochoa steps down effective June 30.
“We are grateful to Associate Dean Douthitt for agreeing to take on the position of Dean of Academic Affairs,” said WVU Vice President Paul Kreider. “He has earned the trust and respect of the campus community as a thoughtful and thorough leader. We know that it will immediately provide stability to the university community. We appreciate Dr. Ochoa’s service and leadership over the past five years and wish him much success on his next journey.
Douthitt is currently Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the Keyser Campus, a position he has held since July 2014. Previously, he served as Acting Dean Academic for 18 months.
Douthitt began his career at Potomac State in 1989 as a visiting assistant professor; in 1996 he was appointed to the position of Associate Professor and in 2001 was promoted to Professor of Computer Science, a position he held until taking up the position of Acting Academic Dean in January 2013 .
During his 32 years at the College, in addition to teaching full-time, Douthitt held many positions, including chair of the Mathematics and Physical Sciences Division, co-chair of the Liberal Arts Division, and chair of the Faculty Assembly for seven years. Committees he has served on include: College-Wide Review Committee, Enrollment Management Council, Curriculum, Faculty Affairs, Educational Resources, Academic Standards, Committees Committee and the Divisional Administration Working Group. He has also served on numerous college committees for WVU.
He received the PSC’s Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award in 1999 and also received the WV Community College Association’s Outstanding Contribution Award in 1996.
Douthitt earned an associate’s degree in business administration from PSC, a bachelor’s degree in business administration from WVU, and an MBA in management and marketing, also from WVU.