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University names director of engagement and real estate management

Ohio University has named Donna Goss the new director of engagement and real estate management effective July 11.

The purpose of the newly created position is to plan, direct, control and coordinate real estate and economic engagement activities with the director of government relations and with the appropriate offices/ committees for the University to ensure maximum return on investment.

"We are pleased to have Donna Goss join us in this important role," said Associate Vice President Terry Conry. "In the coming years it is critical that we more actively manage our real estate holdings to the benefit of the University.  An important part of this good stewardship is engaging the community in our efforts."

The director will also be responsible for:

  • Developing community relations and long-term investment strategies that support the image and involvement of the University in the Athens city, county and regional community

  • Overseeing all real estate/economic development planning, negotiations, acquisition, leasing and related transactions for the University

  • Directing complex land development/redevelopment projects

  • Directing and monitoring all aspects of land use permitting including traffic, environmental, fiscal, all regulatory compliance, zoning and legal issues

  • Budgeting, forecasting and monitoring accounts for the University capital plan

  • Researching and analyzing community planning projects and developing key partnerships for investment in University campus projects as well as those impacting the local community tax base

  • Handling related media contacts, community dispute mediation, and coordination of University, government and community project participants.

Goss has been with Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., since 2000, most recently serving as assistant director of internal communications. She holds an MBA in strategic and entrepreneurial management from the University of Maryland, and has her New York State Realtors License.