Dean of EHA resigns


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The dean of the College of Education, Health and Aviation stepped down in December but will return to the faculty as a professor of counseling psychology this fall.

John Romans, was on paid leave until May 31 using a combination of accrued annual and administrative leave, according to Provost Gary Sandefur’s letter to Romans.

The interim dean is Stephan Wilson, the dean of the College of Human Sciences. A merger between the two colleges has been approved.

Romans could not be reached for an interview.

“He told me that he wanted to resign and step down,” Sandefur said. “I accepted his resignation. Then normally what we do when a dean steps down is give them a semester of administrative leave so they can get ready to come back to the classroom.”

Romans will teach in the School of Community Health Sciences, Counseling and Counseling Psychology.

Romans started at Oklahoma State University as an assistant professor in 1990. He was appointed dean of the College of Education in April 2016. He served as an associate dean in the college since 2013. He served as head of the School of Applied Health and Educational Psychology from 2006 to 2013, according to his resumé.

As dean, Romans’ annual salary was $204,000, or $17,000 per month, according to Oklahoma State University records.

On June 1, his salary will be reduced to $16,000 per month. His 9-month faculty appointment begins Sept. 1, according to Sandefur’s letter confirming Romans’ new salary and duties as a faculty member.