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President McDavis visits with Congressman Steve Stivers on Sept. 4, 2013

Photo courtesy of: Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs

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President updates Congressman Steve Stivers on University happenings

Congressman also visits Voinovich School students

State of Ohio U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers visited the Athens Campus on Wednesday, Sept. 4 to chat with President Roderick J. McDavis and greet the Ohio University Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs faculty, staff and students.

During the nearly one-hour meeting, McDavis and Stivers discussed the latest happenings at the Ohio University and how they may be affected by current and future state and federal legislature.

"As a dedicated public servant, Representative Stivers has done much to advance our state and nation," said Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis. "We are deeply honored that he took the time to visit our campus and discuss ways in which Ohio University will advance in the years ahead."

Among the topics discussed were the University's latest graduation rates, record-breaking first-year enrollment and capital improvement plan. They also spoke about President Barack Obama's recently revealed plan to make college tuition more affordable and the reauthorization of the expiring Higher Education Act, which was last rewritten in 2008 and expires at the end of the calendar year.

"We are fortunate that Congressman Stivers takes the time out of his busy schedule to visit our campuses to meet with our faculty, staff and students," said Eric Burchard, Ohio University director of government relations. "Experiencing it first hand is the best way for him to learn about all of the great things Ohio University has to offer."

After meeting with McDavis, the Voinovich School's faculty and staff updated the 15th district representative on their latest work in the areas of economic development and energy independence and how it is benefiting the Appalachia region.

Stivers final act during the visit was to greet the students at the Voinovich School's annual welcome reception in the Walter Hall Rotunda. He was accompanied on the trip by Grant Shaffer, his office's district director, and Emily Schmidbauer, his office's southeast field representative.