Greg Scharer, executive director of alumni relations, has been appointed ombudsperson at Wright State University.
Scharer brings a wealth of experience to the ombudsperson role: he has a master’s degree in social work from the University of Maryland and is a trained mediator. He also has extensive experience in community referrals, mental health and government policy.
The ombudsperson provides an impartial, confidential and informal means for faculty, staff and students to discuss campus-related concerns or problems off the record.
The ombudsperson does not provide legal advice, psychological counseling, or advocacy, but instead seeks to inform and empower community members to handle their own concerns. The ombudsperson also provides input on policy and practices to reduce confusion, address gaps or chronic misinterpretation, and promote equity, inclusion, and institutional fairness.
The Ombuds Office adheres to the International Ombudsman Association’s standards of practice and Code of Ethics.
Scharer will continue to serve as the university’s executive director of alumni relations.
Prior to joining Wright State in 2011, Scharer served as senior director for alumni relations and development at Ohio University and program director and government affairs chair for the Mental Health Association in Rockville, Maryland.
In addition to his master’s degree, Scharer earned a bachelor’s degree in human consumer sciences from Ohio University.