Pope had served as interim president of Westshore Campus since October. She replaced Dr. J. Michael Thomson, who is now president of Tri-C’s Eastern Campus in Highland Hills.
Pope brings a unique perspective to the position forged through experiences as a Tri-C student, instructor and leader.
“It is a privilege to serve the same College I attended as a student,” Pope said. “Our new Westshore Campus is a vibrant and innovative place. I am working with a team dedicated to student success and I am very honored to serve as campus president.”
Pope joined Tri-C as an adjunct biology instructor in 1988 before becoming a full-time instructor in 1991 and a tenured professor in 1997. She served in faculty leadership for many years, most recently as chair of Westshore’s Faculty Senate.
In 2012, Pope received Tri-C’s Ralph M. Besse Award for Teaching Excellence for her commitment to academic achievement. She’s known for utilizing an inventive teaching style that brings the curriculum to life for her students.
“Dr. Pope’s longstanding commitment to student success, both in and out of the classroom, will be invaluable to the continued growth and development of Westshore Campus,” said Dr. Alex Johnson, president of Tri-C. The campus at 31001 Clemens Road opened in 2011.
Pope holds a doctorate from The Ohio State University and a bachelor’s degree from Case Western Reserve University. Pope attended Tri-C for the first two years of her undergraduate studies.
She is well published and highly regarded in her field. Prior to her arrival at Tri-C, Pope was a consulting nutritionist.
Pope and her husband were Westlake residents for 26 years before recently relocating to Avon Lake.