July 2, 2007
The Board of Trustees presented the following resolution to Alan Geiger at his last board meeting on June 29. Geiger retired as assistant to the president and secretary to the Board of Trustees on June 30 after a total of 40 years of service to the university community.
WHEREAS, Dr. Alan Harold Geiger was hired by President Vernon R. Alden in 1967 to be the university's first campus planner, and over an 18-year period he directed the development and construction of more than $350 million of major capital improvements on all of Ohio University’s campuses, providing the University with contemporary facilities while retaining the traditional architecture, sense of community, and warmth for which Ohio University is known; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Geiger also served Ohio University as director of government relations for 21 years, representing the University before the Ohio General Assembly, the Ohio Board of Regents and other public bodies, and working closely with elected and appointed officials to obtain the support necessary to serve the University’s mission; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Geiger has, for the last 23 years, been the Assistant to the President, serving presidents Charles J. Ping, Robert B. Glidden and Roderick J. McDavis, representing them on official business, managing the affairs of the president’s office, and functioning as secretary to various campus governance committees; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Geiger has for the last 23 years served as Secretary to the Board of Trustees, faithfully recording the actions of this board, orienting new members, providing subtle but sure guidance on all matters of importance to Ohio University, facilitating the work of the board, and never failing to take a roll-call vote when one was required, and perhaps at times when one was not; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Geiger has participated in 87 commencement exercises, and his signature appears on more than 115,000 Ohio University diplomas; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Geiger is a loyal and distinguished alumnus of this great institution, having earned a master’s degree in business administration and a doctoral degree in education administration; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Geiger and his wife Sandy have served as ambassadors for Ohio University on countless trips abroad, ably representing the institution to our sister universities and leaders of other nations, forging ties that have enabled the University to become a truly global institution; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Geiger has provided Ohio University and the Athens community with 40 years of faithful and meritorious service;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of Trustees unanimously extends Alan Harold Geiger, Ph.D., its heartfelt appreciation and its warmest best wishes for a long and happy retirement.
Entered into the records of Ohio University, this 29th day of June, 2007