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University community invited to open forum March 3

ATHENS, Ohio (March 2, 2005) -- The Presidential Task Force on the Future of Ohio University will host an open forum for the university community at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 3, in Margaret M. Walter Hall, room 127.

Ohio University President Roderick McDavis commissioned the task force last fall and charged it with helping to map the future for Ohio University.

The forum will be led by interim Provost Kathy Krendl, who will update the audience on the progress of the project. There will also be a question and answer period.

The task force, which is chaired by Krendl, is responsible for developing a comprehensive strategic plan advancing McDavis' four primary goals and objectives for the institution. These include transforming Ohio University into a nationally prominent research institution, increasing diversity in every area of the university, securing the research resources necessary for the university to reach national prominence and expanding the university's partnerships regionally, statewide, nationally and internationally.

The task force's first duty was to examine existing materials about the university's identity, opportunities and weaknesses. Following an evaluation and review of those situation reports, the university-wide group will seek to craft a new plan building upon the university's strengths, allowing for the pursuit of opportunities, making clear the university's identity and implementing strategies that will enable the university to reach its stated goals.

The task force consists of 46 people who represent a majority of groups and interests on campus.

The group will host a second open forum with information for the local community at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 17, in the Baker University Center 1804 Lounge.

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