Ohio University Southern Campus

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Ohio University Southern Campus
TypePublic satellite campus
Established1956; 67 years ago (1956)
Parent institution
Ohio University
DeanDebbie Marinski
Location, ,
United States
ColorsCutler green and cupola white[2][3]

Ohio University Southern Campus is a satellite campus of Ohio University in Ironton, Ohio. The campus also has an extension in Proctorville, Ohio, and the Ohio Horse Park in Franklin Furnace, Ohio.

The university began in 1956 when it hosted college-level classes in Ironton High School with an initial enrollment of 90 students.[4]



The main Ohio University Southern campus in Ironton has four distinct buildings.

  • The Collins Center offers student services, including enrollment offices. Four lecture halls, an auditorium, library, and The Southernmost Café. It was the first structure completed on the new campus, completed in 1985.[5]
  • The Academic Building contains the Center for Nursing Education, the Caucus Room, a biology and chemistry lab, and the TASC Lab.
  • The Riffe Center has numerous classrooms, administration offices and audio/video laboratories.
  • The Dingus Technology Building has faculty offices, an auditorium, the art department, two computer labs, nursing labs, and three Ohio University Learning Network rooms.

The Nature Center no longer exists

The Ohio University Proctorville Center in Proctorville has one structure.

  • The 17,000 sq ft (1,600 m2). structure was completed in September 2006. Ground breaking was held on July 12, 2005 for the new, permanent building.[6]

The Ohio Horse Park in Franklin Furnace has several buildings. Which offers a Therapeutic Riding Course.

Ohio University Southern now has quality childcare for OUS students through a partnership with the Lawrence County Early Childhood Academy. It is located only 1.8 miles (2.9 km) from the Southern Campus in Hanging Rock. The building was a former elementary school for Rock Hill Local School District.


Ohio University Southern Campus offers 11 associate degrees and 8 bachelor's degrees.

The Resource Commons[edit]

The library contains 25,000 volumes, 200 periodical subscriptions, as well as microforms, audiovisual materials, CD-ROMS and electronic databases. The Library has a Quiet Study Room and a Group Study Room available for student use.

Nature Center[edit]

The Nature Center at Ohio University Southern no longer exists.

The Ohio Horse Park[edit]

The Ohio Horse Park, located in Franklin Furnace, Ohio, is a large 184 acre (745,000 m²) horse farm.[7] It contains an outdoor show, dressage, indoor and indoor therapy arena. It has 44 stalls for show rental, two classrooms and one common area and camper hookups for shows and travelers. It is home to the Ohio University Southern Reproduction Center, the Ohio Horse Park Center for Therapeutic Riding, Ohio University Southern Equine Studies Program, Ohio University Southern Southern Equestrian Teams, Ohio University Southern Community Lesson Program, and events from ten different organizations.

It also offers rental of facilities for shows and clinics to the public.[7]

Two disciplines of horseback riding at four different levels are taught at the horse park.[7] In the beginning level of either discipline, either Hunt Seat 1 or Western 1, the groundwork is laid for basic horse care, proper horse handling, and basic riding skills. The riding classes become more difficult at each subsequent level, and require that more and more of a student's time be spent at the horse park.

Ohio University Proctorville Center[edit]

The new Proctorville branch of Ohio University Southern Campus.

Ohio University Proctorville Center began offering classes in trailers at the Lawrence County Fairgrounds at Proctorville in the late-1970s.[8] It moved to schools in Chesapeake and at Fairland before opening a new center on Ohio State Route 7 in downtown Proctorville in 1992. An increase in enrollment led to cramped conditions and calls for a new facility.

In 2000, Proctorville resident Marshall L. Smith donated land on Ohio State Route 775 for the new Proctorville Center.[9] Design work for the 17,000 sq ft (1,600 m2). structure began in 2004. Ground breaking for the new building was held on July 12, 2005.[6][8] It was completed in September 2006 for $4.9 million, most of which came from donations from the community. The new, permanent structure includes 14 classrooms, including a distance-learning room, a computer lab, a commons room and a resource room. The building is named Greg Smith Hall in honor of Marshall L. Smith's late son.[9]

It offers numerous Ohio University Southern classes and many community-oriented classes, including ballroom dancing and computer basics.[8]

On March 14, 2023 Ohio University (OU) announced their intentions to sell the Proctorville Campus stating the center has had declining enrollment and decreased revenues. In a letter OU President Hugh Sherman said, “In discussions with our staff at the Proctorville Center, additional reviews of the facility use over the past several years, and enrollment projections, we have determined that it is in the university’s best interest to move forward with the sale of the Proctorville Center.”[10]

On October 12, 2023, Collins Career Technical Center acquired OU’s Southern campus for $1.4 Million. Collins Superintendent Adam M. Pittis said the center would move their allied health services adult classes to their new Proctorville Campus.[11]


  1. ^ As of fall 2019. "15th Day Headcount, Fall Term 2019" (PDF). Ohio Department of Higher Education. Retrieved 23 April 2020.
  2. ^ "University Communications and Marketing". Ohio University. Retrieved December 31, 2022.
  3. ^ "Branding Ohio with updated color palettes and typography". Retrieved December 31, 2022.
  4. ^ "2006: A Year Not Soon Forgotten." Ironton Tribune 30 Dec. 2006. 14 Feb. 2007 [1].
  5. ^ "Campus Library." Ohio University Southern Campus. 8 Jan. 2007 [2].
  6. ^ a b "Proctorville Center." Ohio University Southern. 8 Jan. 2007 [3].
  7. ^ a b c "Ohio Horse Park." Ohio University Southern. 8 Jan. 2007 [4].
  8. ^ a b c Stanley, Kirsten. "Campus welcomes first students." Ironton Tribune 4 Jan. 2007. 8 Jan. 2007 [5].
  9. ^ a b "New Proctorville Center opens for classes". Ohio University Outlook. Ohio University. 2007-01-11. Retrieved 2008-01-22.
  10. ^ Andrew Colegrove (2023-03-14). "Ohio University intends to sell OUS Proctorville Center; community protests". www.wsaz.com. Retrieved 2023-04-10.
  11. ^ Media, DAVID E. MALLOY For HD (2023-10-12). "Collins Career Technical Center to purchase Ohio University Proctorville Center". The Herald-Dispatch. Retrieved 2023-10-13.

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