April 27, 2007
Alan Geiger has announced he will retire from Ohio University June 30, concluding a 40-year career. He holds two titles, assistant to the president and secretary to the board of trustees.
"I am very grateful to Ohio University for the opportunity it gave to me and my family," Geiger said. "I have enjoyed a long and in many ways remarkable career here. I've worked with three outstanding presidents and many great board members, and I have made many friends.
"This was a difficult decision for me," Geiger added, "but one that was made easier by my confidence in President McDavis and the very capable senior leadership team he has assembled."
Geiger was hired by President Vernon R. Alden in 1967 to be the university's first campus planner. It was a time when the university was expanding rapidly, and there were some $47 million in construction projects under way. He later went on to work in government relations, and in 1984 Geiger joined the staff of the president's office, where he has worked ever since, serving presidents Charles J. Ping, Robert Glidden and Roderick J. McDavis.
A native of Lancaster, Ohio, Geiger earned degrees in architecture and urban planning from Ohio State University and the University of North Carolina. He also holds a master's degree in business administration and a doctorate in higher education administration from Ohio University.
"For many, many years, Alan Geiger has given extraordinary service to the university, the community and the board of trustees," McDavis said. "Alan is one of the most quietly effective and capable people I have ever worked with. He has been a tremendous help to me and to the board, and I will miss seeing him every day. I wish Alan and Sandy a very long and happy retirement."
Geiger said he and his wife, Sandy, plan to stay in Athens, and he has no special plans for retirement. "We love Athens, and we are looking forward to spending time with our grandchildren and enjoying all that this wonderful region has to offer," he said.
McDavis plans to conduct a search for a new chief of staff, and he will ask the Board of Trustees how it wishes to fill the position of secretary to the board.
Written by: Joe Brennan, executive director of University Communications and Marketing
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