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President recognizes those involved in the area's recovery efforts


On Friday, Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis sent an email to all faculty and staff expressing gratitude for those who have and still are helping in the area's recovery from last week's damaging storms.

Dear Colleagues,

One week ago, our area experienced severe weather which caused significant damage and massive power outages across the area. The outages and storm damage severely impacted almost all of Ohio University's campuses, the City of Athens, and our region. We continue to monitor the situation that is taking place in our county and region. We will continue to provide assistance and support to the City of Athens and the Athens County government.

I know that many of you are still without power and, in some cases, without running water. Please know that for those who are affected, we are here for you and we will do what we can to help you during this difficult, trying time.

Following the aftermath of the storm, our Critical Incident Response Team came together and provided leadership, resources, and communication support to our university and surrounding communities in the midst of this outage. I want to thank the members of this team: Joe Adams, Jill Harris, Jeff Campbell, Mike Gebeke, Ryan Lombardi, Gwyn Scott, Jenny Hall-Jones, Christine Sheets, Todd Stone, Duane Starkey, Andrew Powers, and Steve Mack.

In addition, I want to thank Steve Golding, Ann Fidler, Joe Shields, Harry Wyatt, and our Facilities staff, including our electricians, plumbers, maintenance, custodial, grounds, preventive maintenance, and HVAC personnel, who worked more than 30 hours in the heat and humidity to ensure the safety and continued operation of the University and the city. Our Division of Student Affairs, Culinary Services, the Ohio University Police Department and others also are to be commended for ensuring the well-being of our students and our guests.

To all who contributed on behalf of the University and our community, thank you.

Cordially,

Roderick J. McDavis
President