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About the Dean

Dr. Florenz Plassmann, portrait

Dr. Florenz Plassmann


Dr. Plassmann joined Ohio University in July 2019, coming from Binghamton University, where he served as Associate Dean for Doctoral Studies and Faculty Development in the Harpur College of Arts & Sciences since 2018. He was also a professor in both the Department of Economics and the Department of Political Science and served as director of the Ph.D. program in Philosophy, Interpretation, and Culture.

Dr. Plassmann also served as associate dean for graduate studies and research in the Harpur College from 2015–2017; as faculty director in the Office of University-Wide Courses from 2014–2015; and as chair of the Economics Department from 2013–2015.

Dr. Plassmann holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Economics from Virginia Tech. He held Visiting Resident Scholar positions at the International Monetary Fund in 2004 and 2005.


The College of Arts & Sciences is central to Ohio University's transformative learning experience. The foundational instruction for the entire university, delivered through the general education and liberal arts curriculum, is provided by the College of Arts & Sciences. The college provides the primary instruction for approximately one-third of the majors on campus, as well as nearly half of the undergraduate credit hours on the Athens campus. In addition, the college offers a number of master's programs and eight doctoral degrees.

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