Mac Stricklen

Mac Stricklen

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Mac Stricklen named new Ohio University ombudsperson; will begin role July 6

Mac Stricklen has been named Ohio University’s next ombudsperson after an internal search chaired by Dianne Bouvier, director of equal opportunity and accessibility and former ombudsperson. Stricklen will begin his new role July 6.

“I am pleased and excited to welcome Mac as our new ombudsperson, and I am confident in his ability to serve Ohio University in this important role,” said Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit. “Mac’s dedication to and knowledge of OHIO will be an asset to the Office of the Ombudsperson, which serves the entire University community.” 

Stricklen earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Ohio University and currently serves as an assistant director of Housing and Residence Life. Stricklen has also held previous positions in Housing and Residence Life and Judiciaries at Ohio University and served as a Residential Life Coordinator at Berea College in Berea, Ky. He currently serves on several University committees including the Student Review and Consultation Committee, University Review and Standards and the Housing and Residence Life Diversity and Inclusion Team, of which he has held the position of chair since 2014. He is also chair of the board of Athens Area Mediation Services. 

In addition, Stricklen has completed continuing education in the areas of diversity, crisis intervention, mediation and judicial affairs. 

Stricklen succeeds Judy Piercy, who will retire July 1 after a more than 25-year career at Ohio University. 

“I would also like to express my sincere gratitude to Judy Piercy, who has served as the University Ombudsperson since 2013,” Benoit said. “Her commitment to the role and to those she served is a true testament to Ohio University’s vision and values.” 

The Office of the Ombudsperson is a confidential service open to all students, employees, alumni, parents and community members – as well as students and employees of regional campuses and online programs – with a mission to ensure members of the University community receive fair treatment and facilitate a positive working and learning environment.