Stephen M. Gavazzi, Ph.D., is dean and director of Ohio State University's Mansfield regional campus, where he also is a professor of human sciences in the College of Education and Human Ecology. He has written a variety of articles on town-gown issues for such periodicals as Innovative Higher Education, Planning for Higher Education, Municipal Universities and Assessment Update. With West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee as a co-author, his book Land-Grant Universities for the Future: Higher Education for the Public Good will be published in 2018 by Johns Hopkins University Press.

Gavazzi also is president of College Town Assessment, LLC, which houses the Optimal College Town Assessment (OCTA) device. Work surrounding the conceptual development and empirical testing of OCTA is described more fully in his 2016 book The Optimal Town-Gown Marriage: Taking Campus-Community Outreach and Engagement to the Next Level.

April 3, 2017

Making the Town-Gown Marriage Work

A harmonious relationship benefits both sides. Community leaders need to take a more active role in pursuing and nurturing that.