President Roderick J. McDavis

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Ohio University, Kent State form partnership for future collaboration

Ohio University and Kent State University will be rivals on the gridiron Saturday to kick off both schools’ football seasons, but the presidents of these conference foes have announced plans to be teammates in future educational collaborations.

Ohio University President Dr. Roderick J. McDavis and Kent State President Dr. Beverly Warren have known one another and worked together for many years, dating back to their time at Virginia Commonwealth University.  

With McDavis and Warren now in leadership roles in higher education in Ohio, their diverse university communities are aligned for strategic collaboration in such areas as student success, research, community engagement and economic development. They will now continue their long-standing partnership with the goal of developing a strong alliance between the institutions.

Similar in size, Ohio University and Kent State boast nearly 80,000 students including those attending the schools’ regional campuses and on-line classes.  

“We have common goals in enhancing student success and preparing students to become the leaders of tomorrow’s global workforce,” Warren said. “When we look at the strengths and unique programs of each university, I am confident we will identify strategic partnerships that will create tremendous opportunities for students from both schools to excel.”

“Bev and I know how to collaborate to get things done,” McDavis said. “So this commitment is a natural byproduct of our relationship that can offer exponential benefits. With each university having a solid history of independent accomplishments, I’m looking forward to experiencing what we can accomplish by working together.”

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