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President McDavis announces appointment of director of government relations

On Tuesday, Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis sent an e-mail to all University employees regarding the appointment of a new director for government relations.

Dear Ohio University Community,

The purpose of my message is to announce the appointment of Eric R. Burchard as Ohio University's director of government relations effective May 1, 2011.

An alumnus of Ohio University, Eric has served Ohio University since 2008 as director of corporate and foundation relations in University Advancement. Prior to that he served for nearly two decades in government relations positions, including legislative liaison and legislative staff roles. Eric's depth of experience, knowledge, and commitment to Ohio University, along with the respect and trust he has earned in Columbus and Washington will serve Ohio University well as he leads our work with state and federal government leaders.

On behalf of the University community, I extend thanks to the Search Committee that led the statewide search for this important position. Jerry Miller, Scripps College of Communication; Mark Weinberg, Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs; Rathindra Bose, Research and Graduate College; Steve Golding, Finance and Administration; and Becky Watts, Office of the President, came together to identify an impressive pool of highly qualified candidates for this position.

I hope you will join me in congratulating Eric on his new role and in supporting his work for and with the Ohio University community.


Roderick J. McDavis