McArthur Center Hires Associate Director
McArthur, Ohio – The University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College has hired Brad McGrath as Associate Director of the McArthur Center.
The U.S. Army veteran and Nelsonville resident brings an extensive background in higher education and social work to the position, which works with prospective and current McArthur students as well as faculty and staff to ensure an active and effective learning environment.
“I am very excited to welcome Brad to the Rio family,” said Rebecca Long, Vice President of Administration for RGCC. “His experience in higher education and his philosophy on student services align perfectly with our mission at the McArthur Center. I know the students and the community will embrace him just as we have.”
McGrath started on Tuesday, Sept. 3 in a part-time capacity and will go full time on Oct. 1. His duties range from assisting students with all admissions needs, managing day-to-day operations of the McArthur Center, serving as liaison between the center and main campus in Rio Grande, and working closely with all Vinton County stakeholders to continue fostering mutually beneficial professional relationships.
McGrath spent the previous 12 years at Hocking College. In that time he worked as a Residence Life administrator, Director of Campus Judiciaries, Ombudsman, Academic Success Coordinator and Director of Retention Services. McGrath previously worked as a school-based social worker with Nelsonville-York City Schools, Social Program Coordinator with Athens County Job and Family Services, and with the Ohio Department of Youth Services.
“While I have only been in the McArthur Center for two days, the response from students, faculty and staff has been wonderful,” McGrath said. “I am extremely excited to join the Rio family; there is a wonderful sense of energy and excitement throughout the center.”
Helping McGrath settle into the new position at the McArthur Center is RGCC Transitions Coordinator Jake Bapst, who is retiring on Sept. 30. Bapst will assist McGrath in developing a rapport with the current McArthur students, Vinton County Schools’ administrators and other stakeholders throughout Vinton County.
“Brad brings a strong knowledge of higher education to the McArthur Center,” Bapst said. “He is very enthusiastic about the center and its growth. I wish him all the success in the world. He will do well.”