ST. CLAIRSVILLE — In recognition of his dedication and commitment to Belmont College, Mr. Tim Houston was awarded high honors at the Oct. 25 Honors Reception held at the Belmont College Main Campus in St. Clairsville.
"Our honorees are chosen each year in acknowledgement of their unique contributions and long history with Belmont College," said Mrs. Elizabeth Gates, Board of Trustees chairperson. "They have all served in different capacities by devoting their time and excellent work to the college and our students."
The notable designation of Dean Emeritus was bestowed upon Mr. Tim Houston, retired Dean of Student Affairs and Strategic Enrollment Management.
The Emeritus designation is an honorary title given to retired faculty, staff and board members in recognition of admirable service to the college and its students.
Houston received the title of Dean Emeritus for his many years of service and dedication to Belmont College. For more than two decades, he enriched the lives of countless students who have passed through Belmont College’s doors. He joined the Belmont College staff in 1993 as a JOBS Program Specialist. He later became Coordinator of the North Center, now known as the Harrison County Center, and over the years was promoted to Director of Off-Campus Operations; Associate Dean of Learning; Dean of Student Services; and Dean of Off-Campus Operations. In 2015, Houston was promoted to Dean of Student Affairs & Strategic Enrollment Management.
During his time at Belmont, Houston participated in and led various committees that resulted in college milestones, such as acquiring community college status, the transition from quarters to semesters, the college name change from Belmont Technical College to Belmont College, submission of the Governor-required Career Services Plan and the System’s Portfolio to the Higher Learning Commission. Houston also initiated the collaboration with OVMC (Ohio Valley Medical Center) to offer the Radiology program.
Houston stated, "It was an honor to serve the college and its Board of Trustees. I will always be grateful for the co-workers who supported me throughout my journey at Belmont College.
Houston, formerly of Martins Ferry, Ohio, now resides in Mesa, Arizona with his wife Jackie.
"Dean Houston deserves high recognition for his devotion to our institution and our students," said President Dr. Paul Gasparro. "It is an honor to have Tim as a part of the Belmont College community, and recognize him for the influence he has had had on countless students."
A reception was held following the ceremony to celebrate Houston.