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The Office of the President delivers messaging that keeps the Ohio University community and interested external constituencies informed of key developments and important achievements. These speeches and messages are most often delivered by the president, but sometimes may be communicated by other appropriate University leaders with expertise specific to the topic.

January 29, 2015
Genetic researchers make advances in the fight against diabetes, neurodegenerative diseases
When Felicia Nowak, M.D., Ph.D., first discovered Porf-2, a previously unknown gene, she knew she had found an important puzzle piece to understanding the developing brain. What she would later learn is that the gene may also be pivotal in the development of novel approaches to treat tumor growth, neurodegenerative diseases and diabetes complications.
January 6, 2015
Nearly half-million dollar NIH grant awarded to study widespread virus affecting infants
The National Institutes of Health has awarded $445,500 to Bonita Biegalke, Ph.D., associate professor of virology with the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, to study a virus considered to be the main viral cause of mental retardation in infants.
December 10, 2014
President informs campus of Board Secretary transition
In a message sent Wednesday, Dec. 10, President McDavis announced a change in the role of secretary to Ohio University's Board of Trustees.
December 5, 2014
President McDavis encourages students to enact change in new blog post
Dr. McDavis writes in his most recent blog post, "The events that are unfolding across our nation concerning grand jury decisions in Ferguson, Missouri, and Staten Island have struck a deep chord for me and for our community."
November 18, 2014
President McDavis thanks community in aftermath of West Union Street fire
Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis sent the following email about the community's response to the West Union Street fire to all faculty, staff, and students on Monday, Nov. 17.
November 16, 2014
President McDavis issues statement on West Union Street fire
Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis released the following message earlier today regarding the fire early this morning on West Union Street.
November 14, 2014
Nominate a deserving colleague for the Outstanding Administrator Award
President Roderick J. McDavis sent this message to OHIO faculty and staff requesting nominations for this year's Outstanding Administrator Award.
October 17, 2014
President McDavis announces efforts to closely monitor Ebola
In light of recent confirmed cases of the Ebola virus in the U.S., tensions surrounding the global health crisis are understandably high. Our thoughts and prayers are with those families and communities who have been impacted and lost loved ones to this terrible virus.
October 15, 2014
President McDavis seeks candidates for honorary degrees
Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis seeks suggestions for candidates of honorary degrees in a message to faculty and staff on Tuesday, Oct. 14.
September 17, 2014
Heritage College dean named to chair national accreditation commission
Several physicians and educators connected to the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine haven been named to leadership positions within the American Osteopathic Association.
September 12, 2014
President McDavis releases statement on student efforts to promote healing; peaceful dialogue
President Roderick J. McDavis sent this message to the University community on Sept. 12, 2014.
September 9, 2014
Heritage College has major presence at historic AOA assembly
Several physicians and educators connected to the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine were named to leadership positions within the American Osteopathic Association during an annual meeting of AOA’s House of Delegates in Chicago. As one of the appointments made by incoming AOA president Robert S. Juhasz, D.O., Heritage College Executive Dean Kenneth H. Johnson, D.O., was named to a two-year term as chair of AOA’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA), the accrediting agency for osteopathic medical schools.
September 4, 2014
OHIO response to Marzec ALS video
Ohio University has issued the following statement regarding the Student Senate president’s response to President Roderick J. McDavis’ ALS Ice Bucket Challenge:
President McDavis calls for civility following video
In a message sent to the University community Thursday, Sept. 4, Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis called for civility in conversations following a video released by the OHIO Student Senate president.
August 28, 2014
President delivers State of the University Address
Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis presented the following State of the University Address during the Faculty and Staff Convocation in Walter Hall Rotunda on Wednesday, Aug. 27.
August 25, 2014
President McDavis welcomes students back
In this message sent Monday, Aug. 25, to Ohio University students, President Roderick J. McDavis welcomes them back for fall semester 2014.
August 21, 2014
Chipping away at OHIO’s student debt
In an article written for The Post, Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis addresses the issue of student debt.
August 5, 2014
Save the date for the 2014 Faculty and Staff Convocation
Ohio University employees are invited to attend the annual Faculty and Staff Convocation to be held Aug. 27.
July 15, 2014
President McDavis issues statement regarding East Green incident
Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis issued the following message to the University community regarding an incident Tuesday afternoon on East Green.
July 10, 2014
OHIO Guarantee makes college costs predictable
The following letter to the editor by Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis was published July 5 in The Columbus Dispatch.
April 30, 2014
President McDavis announces campaign goal achievement to University community
In this message sent to the Ohio University community on Tuesday, April 29, President Roderick J. McDavis announces the achievement of The Promise Lives Campaign goal.
April 29, 2014
Ohio University’s Promise Lives Campaign surpasses goal, continues to fill needs
Thanks to the generosity of nearly 75,000 alumni and friends, Ohio University’s The Promise Lives Campaign has surpassed its $450 million goal ahead of schedule. The Campaign, which will continue though June 30, 2015, seeks to secure an unprecedented level of financial support for OHIO.
April 25, 2014
President McDavis announces recommendation on tuition, fees
President McDavis has accepted the Budget Planning Council’s recommendation for 1.5 percent increase in tuition and fees and will present it to the Board of Trustees at its June 26 meeting on the Eastern Campus.
April 2, 2014
OHIO Guarantee tuition program receives chancellor’s approval [VIDEO]
The chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents has approved Ohio University’s new tuition guarantee program – named The OHIO Guarantee – setting in motion plans for a new transparent and predictable tuition structure to begin effective with the 2015-16 academic year. The proposal was adopted by the Ohio University Board of Trustees at their January meeting and passed to Chancellor John Carey for final approval.
March 20, 2014
Emeriti Day previews how campus will look in five to 10 years
President Roderick McDavis will speak at the Emeriti Day Reception, being held April 3 at 10 a.m. in the Schoonover Center lobby regarding building and renovation plans that will change the campus’s appearance considerably.
March 17, 2014
View the 2013 annual President’s Report online
The 2013 annual President’s Report outlines the most recent and noteworthy accomplishments of Ohio University faculty, staff, students and alumni and is now available online.
August 29, 2013
President McDavis delivers State of the University
On Aug. 28, Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis delivered his annual State of the University address to faculty and staff at the Margaret M. Walter Hall Rotunda. Below is a transcript of his remarks.
President’s State of the University address focuses on OHIO as “a force of change”
The 2013 Faculty and Staff Convocation on Aug. 28 allowed the Ohio University community an opportunity to reflect on the achievements of years past and to look ahead to the future in which OHIO is a force of change.


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