Sept. 4, 2007
From staff reports
President Roderick J. McDavis and Executive Vice President and Provost Kathy Krendl issued a welcome back e-mail to the Ohio University community today, announcing plans for an informal campus gathering on Monday.
The welcome event for all faculty and staff will take place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Monday on the West Portico of Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. It will include introductions of new faculty, chairs and directors; remarks by McDavis and Krendl; an opportunity to reconnect with friends and colleagues; and plenty of free ice cream.
The e-mail from McDavis and Krendl also noted this summer's announcement of the new University System of Ohio, which includes Ohio's 13 universities with 24 regional campuses, 23 two-year technical and community colleges, and a standalone medical school.
"The formation of that system will begin by identifying centers of excellence and differentiating missions across institutions," McDavis and Krendl stated in the e-mail. "The chancellor wants each university to be an active participant in this process, the first stage of which will conclude in December.
"Fortunately, all of the effort that faculty, staff, and students put forth in the creation of the Vision OHIO Academic Plan puts us in good stead when it comes to defining our mission," the president and provost added. "However, some additional focused, consultative conversations must take place during the fall to refine our identity and clarify our centers of excellence. More information will be forthcoming about the nature and timing of those conversations."
Outlook will offer a primer on the University System of Ohio on Wednesday.