People: President Sidney A. Ribeau
Sidney A. Ribeau (1947- )
Dr. Sidney A. Ribeau accepted the presidency of Bowling Green State University in 1995. During his 13 year term, Dr. Ribeau initiated a number of new programs at BGSU in an effort to have the university adopt a values-centered mission. His goal was to produce graduates who were culturally literate, technologically sophisticated and productive citizens prepared to lead.
One such program designed to meet this need was the President’s Leadership Academy. This program was designed to strengthen the leadership skills of select students through mentoring and co-curricular activities. Another program, the BGeXperience, integrates values education, critical thinking, character development, and civic values while helping students make the transition from high school to a university setting. During his term Dr. Ribeau made BGeXperience courses mandatory for all incoming freshmen.
Dr. Ribeau strongly believed in collaboration and cooperation between universities and their communities. This kind of thinking greatly helped to increase operational and cost efficiencies. The Partnerships for Community Action, formed under Dr. Ribeau’s leadership, underwrote programs initiated by faculty, students, and community groups who came together to achieve a common educational goal or provided a special service to those in need. He also began the recently-completed Building Dreams Campaign, raising $120 million in private support for scholarships, endowed chairs, capital improvements, and academic programs.
Dr. Ribeau received the President’s Award from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators in 2003. He served on Ohio’s Higher Education Funding Commission and was a member of the Board of Directors for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). From 2005-2006, he was the chair of the Inter-University Council of Presidents. He also served on the boards of a number of other groups such as the United Way, the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, and the Regional Growth Partnership.
Dr. Ribeau was born December 3, 1947 in Detroit. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Wayne State University in 1971. He went on to receive his Master of Arts and doctorate in interpersonal communications from the University of Illinois in 1973 and 1979, respectively. Before becoming president of BGSU, Ribeau had served as vice president for academic affairs at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona since 1992. His previous appointments included chair of the Pan African Studies Department at California State University, Los Angeles, dean of Undergraduate Studies at California State University, San Bernardino and dean of the College of Liberal Arts at California Polytechnic State University.
In May 2008, Dr. Ribeau was named Howard University’s sixteenth president.