Dr. Charles Bird
An experienced professional with an eye toward the future
Programs for Adult Learners

Dr. Bird has exceptional experience working with regional and branch campuses. Additionally, over the past several years, he has concentrated on the development and growth of distance learning programs, especially with a focus on expanding access and opportunity for adult learners.

He brings a positive, strengths-based approach to organizational change. Working more as a coach than a manager, he brings a creative design approach to the development of new strategies, which can yield a confident, nimble team of leaders, well prepared for today’s competitive higher education world.

With a special talent for describing complex ideas and situations in a way that people find insightful and encouraging Dr. Bird motivates and activates individuals and teams. He is a strong strategic thinker, with a knack for connecting diverse ideas and finding new pathways toward the future.

As an academic administrator for the past 25 years, Dr. Bird has been engaged in creative work that contributes to expanding access and opportunity for audiences that would otherwise be unable to achieve their educational goals.  He is especially skilled at the development of engaged partnerships, both internal to the institution and external, that support innovative programming and successful recruitment and support of students.



7308 Whitlind Lane¨ Athens, Ohio 45701 ¨ charlie@drcharlesbird.com ¨ (740) 707-2087

Professional Profile

  • Energetic, visionary leader, with a strong record for building programs and enrollment, developing faculty and staff, and strengthening financial performance. 
  • Positive change agent and strategic thinker, with a strong ability to connect people and ideas to produce innovative academic programs and effective marketing strategies with sustainable results.
  • Knowledgeable, entrepreneurial team builder, assuming progressively greater responsibility across a 22-year administrative career.
  • Broadly experienced in collaborative creation of internal and external partnerships that bring new vision and results, expanding access to opportunities in higher education.
  • Extensive experience working with university trustees, foundation trustees, Ohio Board of Regents, political leaders, and executives from other higher education institutions.
  • Professor of Psychology, with expertise in human learning, social psychology and organizational behavior.  Presenter of more than 200 programs on topics such as managing change and conflict, work motivation, goal setting, and stress management.

Highlights of Accomplishments

  • As Vice President for Regional Higher Education (RHE), at Ohio University, led five regional campuses, with a combined enrollment of more than 8000 students per term, and the Division of Lifelong Learning, which provides credit and noncredit academic programs, including online courses and programs, residential training programs, administration of the Office of Summer Programs, administration of conferences and workshops, and a correspondence program for the incarcerated.  The RHE budget grew from approximately $45 million to over $70 million in eight years.  (RHE is a separate financial unit within Ohio University.)  Total employment of 206 full-time faculty members and approximately 260 staff members.
  • Led development and approval of the first baccalaureate program in the University to target technical associate degree graduates, the Bachelor’s of Technical and Applied Studies.
  • Conceived the strategy and led the first capital campaign for Ohio University’s regional campuses, which raised more than $20 million.
  • Increased the number of tenure track faculty members by 22% over eight years.  Created a variety of support programs for faculty development and research in collaboration with campus deans and a faculty development committee, and strengthened hiring and promotion and tenure practices, with the result that visibility of regional faculty and the internal reputation of the campuses improved significantly.
  • Agreed to lead the development of a new, dynamic distance learning effort at the University, in 2007.  As Vice Provost for University Outreach, supported a reorganized Division of Lifelong Learning that was renamed Lifelong and Distance Learning, and built an exceptional leadership team that in the first year yielded additional net revenue of nearly $1 million. 
  • In the role of vice provost, and working with the University Outreach leadership team, negotiated master agreements with business partners to support online course design and development, as well as national marketing of selected graduate programs; expanded part-time graduate programs offered through regional campuses and at outreach centers, and revamped marketing efforts for those programs, yielding significant improvement in average course enrollment.
  • Developed and implemented an innovative approach to partnering with community colleges on baccalaureate completion programs that will allow associate degree graduates to complete a bachelor’s degree through a combination of on-site and online courses offered by the community college and online courses that meet degree and residence requirements of the University.

Professional Leadership

  • President of the National Association of Branch Campus Administrators, 2006-2007; executive committee member, 2004-present.
  • Administrative oversight of the Annual Conference of Regional and Branch Campus Administrators, 2005-2007.
  • Numerous nonprofit board memberships and leadership positions; member of the Advisory Board of Directors for Fairfield National Bank, a Division of Park National Bank.

Career Experience

  • Founder, Encore Dreams
    January 2011

  • Vice President Emeritus, Ohio University
    January, 2011-present

  • Vice Provost for University Outreach, Ohio University                                                  
    May 2007 - December 2010

  • Vice President for Regional Higher Education (later University Outreach
    and Regional  Campuses), Ohio University
    March 1999 - May 2007

  • Dean, Ohio University Lancaster                                                                            
    February 1995 - March 1999

  • Professor of Psychology, Ohio University                                                           
    February 1995 - December 2010

  • Associate Dean, The Ohio State University at Mansfield
    July 1987 - January 1995

  • Acting Associate Dean, The Ohio State University at Mansfield                                 
    November 1986 - July 1987

  • Associate Professor, The Ohio State University                                                                 
    1982 - 1995         

  • Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University                                                                  
    1976 - 1982

  • Assistant Professor (part-time), Florida A & M University                                             
    1975 - 1976

  • Instructor (part-time), Florida State University                                                                  
    1975 - 1976

  • Instructor, Valencia Community College, Orlando                                                            
    August - December, 1974


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Experimental Psychology            
    Florida State University, 1975

  • Master of Science, Experimental Psychology                                                           
    Florida State University, 1973

  • Bachelor of Science, Psychology
    Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1971           


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