June 29, 2007
By Sally Linder
The Ohio University Board of Trustees today presented President Roderick J. McDavis with a positive performance evaluation and unanimously re-elected him as president of Ohio University.
"We were mindful of the agenda the president was asked to follow when he came to the university three years ago," board Chair C. Daniel DeLawder said. "The president has met the objectives as outlined for this year. We believe we're on the right path for moving this university forward."
In summarizing McDavis' evaluation, DeLawder said trustees followed the format they established last year that solicits input from deans; the administrative leadership team; the executive committee of department chairs and directors; members of the board of trustees; and leaders of the Faculty, Administrative, Classified, Student and Graduate Student senates.
Trustees also considered unsolicited feedback from the local chapter of the American Association of University Professors, other faculty, and the alumni and foundation boards of directors. McDavis additionally provided the trustees with results from votes that faculty and both student senates held.
"We acknowledged each source of input," the evaluation, submitted on behalf of the board's executive committee under DeLawder's signature, says.
The trustees based their evaluation on a defined set of seven goals that the board asked the president to submit last year and which it endorsed. The evaluation reflects substantial progress on each goal, which included improving communication and collaboration with faculty; implementing the recovery process for information technology; implementing a comprehensive strategy to reduce high-risk drinking among students; improving academic integrity; implementing the top priorities of Vision OHIO; raising funds to support strategic priorities; and strengthening financial control.
The letter also gave guidance on areas for continued improvement, including budget transparency, continued emphasis on academic goals and improving financial conditions.
DeLawder told board-meeting attendees that based on the evaluation, the board would have offered the president a raise if he and his executive team had not pledged earlier this year to forego pay increases for fiscal 2008.
"We believe his performance warrants compensation, but we are not going to talk him out of his decision," DeLawder said, drawing appreciative laughs from the room.
McDavis' response to the evaluation was simple and sincere: "Thank you for your support and confidence in my leadership."