Roderick J. McDavis

President Roderick J. McDavis

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A farewell message from President Roderick J. McDavis

The following message was sent by President Roderick J. McDavis to the Ohio University community on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. 

Dear Fellow Bobcats,

This will be the final email I send as President of my beloved alma mater. It has been an incredible journey and Deborah and I could not be more appreciative of the kindness extended to us by so many people over the years.

The one thing I want you all to know before I leave is this: I never tired of being your President. This was more than a job to me; this was a labor of love. I loved speaking to students, faculty and staff. I loved serving as an international ambassador for what I sincerely believe to be the best university on Earth! I loved the long hours and the demanding schedule. More than anything, I loved seeing my passion for our university mirrored in nearly everyone I interacted with each day. This is truly a special place and I know you feel it too! I hope I have had a small role in making our university a little more special.

I know the transformational potential Ohio University possesses because I personally experienced it as an undergraduate and I have witnessed it happen before my very eyes during my tenure as President. I have worked tirelessly for 13 years to ensure as many people as possible get to experience the power of an Ohio University education. This work does not end today. This work and the magic that drives it were already underway when I arrived and it will continue long after I have left.

The 213-year story of Ohio University is a page-turner. What began as a college in the wilderness has developed into a burgeoning university network that educates more than 40,000 students every year. I look forward to watching OHIO march forward and upward in its third century.

I have every confidence in our Board of Trustees’ decision to appoint Dr. David Descutner as Interim President. In recent weeks, I have witnessed him move effortlessly into this position and know I am leaving the Office of the President in capable hands. I encourage you to support him as he takes the helm until a new president begins.

Being your President has only deepened my love for Ohio University. I was one of its most passionate alumni before I started my tenure, and I will leave with a heart that forever beats for the green and white. Thank you for sharing this journey of a lifetime with me. Never stop reaching for the highest star!


Roderick J. McDavis