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President Roderick J. McDavis Ohio University Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit pose next to an artist's rendering of the new Dublin Integrated Educated Center.

President Roderick J. McDavis Ohio University Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit pose next to an artist's rendering of the new Dublin Integrated Educated Center.

Photo courtesy of: Jody Grenert

Randy Leite, dean of Ohio University's College of Health Sciences and Professions, explains the collaborative effort and partnerships currently underway between OHIO and multiple Central Ohio universities.

Randy Leite, dean of Ohio University's College of Health Sciences and Professions, explains the collaborative effort and partnerships currently underway between OHIO and multiple Central Ohio universities.

Photo courtesy of: Jody Grenert

Dozens of Ohio University faculty, staff, and dignitaries and officials from Central and Southeastern Ohio attended the event.

Dozens of Ohio University faculty and staff, as well as dignitaries and officials from Central and Southeastern Ohio attended the event.

Photo courtesy of: Jody Grenert

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Ohio University holds groundbreaking ceremony for Dublin Integrated Education Center


Dignitaries and officials representing Ohio University, Columbus State Community College, Otterbein University, Ohio Dominican University, the University of Findlay and the city of Dublin held a groundbreaking ceremony at the future site of Ohio University’s Dublin Integrated Education Center last week.

The 86,000-square-foot facility being developed by Columbus-based Daimler Group will house the university’s new Master’s Degree in Physician Assistance Practice and will be situated on 90 acres of land donated by the city of Dublin. The building is scheduled to open in April 2015.

“Programs like Ohio University’s new physician assistant program are invaluable to the future of healthcare in our nation,” said Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis. “The physician assistant program has been carefully selected by the College of Health Sciences and Professions to support its vision of collaboration, ethics, innovation and commitment to all, especially underserved individuals and populations. Through unprecedented collaborations and unique opportunities for aspiring medical professionals, I am confident that the program can and will make a profound impact on the future well-being of our state.”

Ohio University Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit said the facility will not only be home to the Physician Assistant Practice program, but will serve as a place where other innovative programs are created.

“This campus will foster engagement and facilitate partnerships with other institutes of higher education here in Dublin to provide knowledgeable graduates and tomorrow’s workforce for Central Ohio and beyond,” Benoit said.

Also attending the event were representatives from the offices of Sen. Rob Portman and Sen. Sherrod Brown, as well as Rep. Steve Stivers.

“This is a day that really represents a step down the road to exciting new possibilities, not just for our college, but for our university and all our partners who will be present here at some point in the future,” said Randy Leite, dean of the College of Health Sciences and Professions, which will administrate Ohio University’s Physician Assistant Practice program. “The exciting new partnerships will benefit the city of Dublin and the citizens of all of Central Ohio.”

Richard Rosen, Columbus State Board of Trustees chair, spoke about his institution’s ongoing relationship with OHIO. “Many partnerships begin small like ours did, and they just expand as ours did,” Rosen said. “And I’m sure this is just the latest step in a growing relationship to serve students and advance the region’s highly skilled workforce. So we are thrilled to have Ohio University become our next-door neighbor, and we look forward to opening day here.”

Daimler Group President Robert White Jr. is an OHIO alumnus whose company is building the new structure, and he said he’s extremely proud to play a role in the building. “What we’ve been able to accomplish in partnership with Ohio University and with the city of Dublin and with our design team in a very short duration required the extreme efforts of all parties involved,” he said.

Dublin Mayor Michael Keenan praised OHIO for its commitment to the area and said on behalf of Dublin City Council that the university has exceeded their expectations on moving forward with the project. “They have fulfilled every commitment to date they’ve made, and we’re most appreciative of that,” Keenan said.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, Leite invited everyone to envision the facility a decade into the future.
“Off in the distance over here, where there’s a bunch of construction trailers now, there will be a building where hundreds of current and future healthcare professionals are being trained together to innovate in programmatic partnerships to serve the citizens of Central Ohio and beyond,” he said.