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President Roderick J. McDavis

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Interim leadership and search committee named for government relations

Search committee for director begins its work


On Tuesday, Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis sent an e-mail to all Ohio University faculty and staff regarding status the Director of Government Relations duties and the position's search committee.

Dear Faculty and Staff,

The purpose of my e-mail is to inform you that I have asked two individuals to assume additional duties on an interim basis to fulfill the Government Relations responsibilities for the University while we conduct a search to replace Teri Geiger, my former Director of Government Relations.

Eric Burchard, director for corporate and foundation relations for University Advancement, has agreed to fulfill the state government responsibilities of the position, which include serving as our liaison with the Office of the Governor, the Ohio General Assembly, the University System of Ohio, the Ohio Board of Regents, and other state agencies, in addition to the development of state legislative proposals for the President's consideration and coordination of the University's position on pending state legislative and regulatory proposals. Eric also will continue to serve in his role with University Advancement.

Eleni Zulia, grant coordinator in the Office of the Vice President for Research, has agreed to fulfill the federal government aspects of the job, which include serving as liaison with members of the United States Congress and federal agencies in addition to the development of federal legislative proposals for the President's consideration and coordination of the University's position on pending federal legislative and regulatory proposals. Eleni will continue to serve as grant coordinator, providing facilitation and coordination of the University's federal grant proposals.

I know that Eric and Eleni welcome your support as they take on additional duties on an interim basis.

I have appointed five faculty and staff members to serve on the committee to lead a statewide search to identify top candidates for the role of Director of Government Relations. The faculty and staff who have agreed to serve on this committee are: Dr. Jerry Miller, associate professor in Scripps College of Communication's School of Communication Studies; Dr. Mark Weinberg, director of the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs and professor of leadership and public affairs; Dr. Rathindra Bose, vice president for research and dean of the Graduate College; Mr. Stephen Golding, vice president for finance and administration; and Ms. Becky Watts, chief of staff, who will chair the committee.

As the committee proceeds with its work, there will be opportunities for the University community to meet finalists who visit the Athens campus. I encourage you to take advantage of those opportunities and share your perspectives on the finalists. 

Cordially,

Roderick J. McDavis
President