Ashland University Administrator Announces Retirement

Ashland University Administrator Announces Retirement

11/10/14 ASHLAND, Ohio – Dr. John Sikula, a long-time administrator at Ashland University, is retiring in January after 16.5 years of service in 11 different positions. Chronologically, he has served as education dean; interim associate provost for Graduate Studies, Outreach Programs, and Research; associate provost; founding dean of the Graduate School; founding vice president for regional centers and outreach; executive director for regional centers; center director of the Cleveland Center; center director of the Massillon/Stark Center; master of education program director in Cleveland and Massillon; and director of Adult Studies and veteran services director.

Prior to coming to Ashland University, Dr. Sikula served 21 years as an education dean at Indiana University Northwest in Gary, Ind., (1976-84); California State University, Long Beach (1984-95); and National University in San Diego (1995-97). He was president of the Indiana Association of Teacher Educators (IATE) (1983) and the Indiana Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (IACTE) (1984), and founding president of the State of California’s ATE (SCATE) (1984-86). He served as national president of the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) in 1989-90.

Dr. Sikula has served as a consultant to schools, universities, professional associations and education-related groups in all 50 states and 27 countries. His writings include some 200 professional publications, including having been senior editor of the 1996 award-winning “Handbook of Research on Teacher Education,” second edition, published by Macmillan.

While in Ashland, Dr. Sikula has served the community twice as president of the Ashland County United Way Board of Trustees (2004 and 2006); chair of the Leadership Ashland Advisory Council (2005-2006); United Way of Ashland County Pacesetter chair (2002 and 2004); Ashland Symphony Orchestra Annual Fund honorary chairperson (2005-2006); president of the AU Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa (2012-2013); president of the Mogadore Schools Alumni Foundation (2006-2009 and 2013); and president of the Port Clinton Waterfronts Condominium Association Board of Directors (2008-2013). He was a 2002 graduate of Leadership Ashland. In 2005, he was recognized with the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Mogadore Schools, which included him in 1975 in the Mogadore High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

Dr. Sikula has a Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University in Foundations of Education. His honors include five ATE Presidential Awards for Service (1986, 1993, 1995, 1998, and 1999); being recognized by ATE as “Distinguished Educator” (1996) and as a “Distinguished Member” (1994); being selected via national competition as one of the 75 “Young Educational Leaders of America” by Phi Delta Kappa (1981); having received an “Outstanding Teaching Award” from the University of Toledo (1971); and having been named Wadsworth Publishing Distinguished Teacher Educator (2001). He was honored by AU with a Mentor Award in 2007.

Dr. Sikula stated that he has “worked full time in higher education for 53 years at eight different colleges and universities in four states. At 70 years of age, it is time to do something else.” He has planned a two-month retirement trip from Feb. 1 until April 1, and plans to visit family and friends in Illinois, Nebraska, Colorado, Arizona, California, Nevada, Texas, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and Ohio.

Dr. Sikula said that he would like to be remembered as a “team player and family man.” He and his wife, Audrey, plan to continue to live in Ashland. They have five children and eight grandchildren to enjoy more during retirement.

Ashland University is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###