Dear students and alumni,
Dr. Kriner will be on sabbatical leave for the Fall 2010 semester and will then retire from XU after 32 years of service. I have been fortunate enough to have a number of great supervisors and mentors over the years but Lon is at the top of the list. I feel really blessed to work and teach at Xavier and humbled by my appointment as Chair. In the 57 year history of the counseling department, I will be just the fourth chair (Walter Clark, Al Anderson, Lon Kriner, and myself).
As you can see from the bio below, Dr. Kriner has clearly made a difference during his time at Xavier University. He will be missed!
Lon Kriner graduated from Bowling Green State University with a bachelor’s degree in English and History. He taught these subjects for two years at Columbus South High School while also earning his Master of Arts Degree in Counseling at Ohio State University. He then served as a school counselor at Columbus South High School for one year prior to completing five years as a counselor at Penta County Vocational School in Perrysburg, Ohio.
Dr. Kriner came to Xavier University in 1978 as an assistant professor in the Graduate Counseling Programs after earning his Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of Toledo. He was promoted to the rank of associate professor in 1983 and in 1984 became the founding director of the newly created Health and Counseling Center.
As director of the Health & Counseling Center, Dr. Kriner provided direct counseling services to many students and served as the clinical supervisor for counseling staff. He was also involved in bringing many medical research studies to the campus that generated significant revenue to Xavier over the years.
In 1989 he was promoted to the position of Associate Vice-president for Counseling and Health Services, charged with the responsibility of coordinating all campus offices responsible for these related services such as the Health and Counseling Center, Psychological Services, the Career Services Center, and the Drug and Alcohol Education program. Also included in these efforts was the expansion of the Learning Assistance Program to better serve students with learning challenges.
Dr. Kriner continued to teach part-time while serving in the Student Development Division and then in 1994 returned full-time to Academic Affairs as the Director of the Graduate Counseling Programs. In this position he led efforts to enhance the Master’s degree programs in both School and Community Counseling to meet increased credentialing requirements and earn national accreditation.
Dr. Kriner became Chair of the newly constituted Department of School and Community Counseling in 2006 as part of the establishment of the College of Social Sciences, Health, and Education.
Given his long service record, Dr. Kriner has helped train several thousand master’s level counselors for work in both school and mental health settings.
Additionally, he has served on the faculty committee, chaired the Xavier University Athletic Advisory Board since 1999, and has chaired or served on numerous other university committees.
Dr. Kriner, licensed as a clinical counselor, a school counselor, and a psychologist, was also the founding director of AMEND, a Cincinnati-based treatment program for men involved in domestic violence. He also maintained a part-time private practice offering counseling services for adolescents and adults for approximately fourteen years, authored a numbered of scholarly publications, gave many local, state and national professional presentations, and regularly consulted with schools and community mental health organizations.
In 2008 The Ohio School Counselor Association presented Dr. Kriner with the George E. Hill Award for “Meritorious Service to Students, Educators, Counselor and Citizens of Ohio”.
Dr. Kriner should be proud of his years of service and many accomplishments. The counseling faculty are committed to doing our best to help maintain our strong reputation for preparing school and community counselors. I will continue to work closely with Lon over the next month to better acquaint myself with the roles and responsibilities of the chair, particularly student advising.
Next week, I will be sending out the Fall schedule with a revised list of instructors. Please email or call me with any questions or concerns. I should be in my office most week days.