Born in West Plains, Dr. Dawe moved from Thayer to Kansas City, Mo., and went to grade school there and then came back to Thayer and attended Thayer High School.
"I still have a lot of friends in the area," Dr. Dawe said.
He said Ozarka College will be a good place for him. "It seems so much like home," Dr. Dawe said. "I feel like I'm called to it. The people are caring and very student service driven."
Dr. Dawe received his associate's degree in general studies from the Georgia Military College in Blytheville, Ark.; his bachelor of science degree in industrial technology from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill.; his master's degree in financial management from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., and his doctorate in public policy analysis and administration from St. Louis University in St. Louis, Mo.
Dr. Dawe served 24 years in the Navy and retired as a captain. During his naval career, he served on the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln as operations officer. He also was commanding officer of an aircraft carrier-based tactical aviation squadron. Dr. Dawe also was deputy director and director/CFO of program analysis and financial management of the United States Transportation Command division of the Department of Defense.
While he was still in the Navy, Dr. Dawe was assistant professor at the Naval Postgraduate School. Before that, he was a senior adjunct professor at McKendree College in Lebanon, Ill.
"A servant leadership ethic served me well in the Navy," Dr. Dawe said. "I really tried to keep their (shipmates) needs and their goals first and make it clear that their work was appreciated. Then, they feel more like a part of the team."
Dr. Dawe said he had fond memories of Thayer. "I liked the closeness of the community and being able to know your neighbors," he said.
Dr. Dawe said he and his wife, Chris, are looking forward to moving to the area, and he is ready to start work July 1 at Ozarka College. "I've been looking for a long-term home to be near family and friends and serve a role that would be productive," Dr. Dawe said.