McDavis Outstanding Administrator Award

Ohio University President Roderick McDavis is presented the honorary Outstanding Administrator Award by Eileen Theodore-Shusta, Director of Planning, Assessment and Organizational Effectivenss, on behalf of the Ohio University Administrative Senate.

Photographer: Daniel Owen

McDavis portrait unveiling

President Roderick McDavis and his wife, Deborah McDavis, along with portrait artist Rob Hartshorn pose with the paintings.

Photographer: Daniel Owen

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Ohio University sends farewell wishes to President and First Lady


The Ohio University community sends its best wishes to President Roderick J. McDavis and First Lady Deborah McDavis as they embark on a new journey after 13 years at OHIO. Their last weeks on campus have included several events to express gratitude and celebrate their legacy at the University.  

On Tuesday, Feb. 7, President McDavis accepted an honorary Outstanding Administrator Award from Ohio University’s Administrative Senate, recognizing his significant contributions to OHIO.

“I am truly grateful to be recognized with an honorary Outstanding Administrator Award,” President McDavis said. “Past recipients of this award have had a great impact on the OHIO community through their work with students, faculty and staff and I am humbled to be considered part of that company."

On Thursday, Feb. 9, the official portraits of the president and first lady were unveiled during a private reception with the Ohio University Foundation Board of Trustees in the newly renovated McCracken Hall on the Athens Campus.

The President’s painting will join the other former OHIO presidents’ paintings outside the Baker University Center Ballroom, while the first lady’s portrait will be hung on the first floor of McCracken Hall near the dissertation defense rooms.

On Friday, Feb. 10, Ohio University Foundation Board of Trustees gathered to recognize President McDavis’ legacy by announcing the Roderick J. and Deborah A. McDavis Urban Scholarship Endowment, which will provide significant support to OHIO students for generations to come.

The first couple’s last day on campus is Friday, Feb. 17. Beginning on March 1, 2017, President McDavis’ support of higher education will continue as he takes on the new role of managing principal of AGB Search, an executive higher education search firm located in Washington, D.C.

For more information about President McDavis and his accomplishments during his 13-year tenure at Ohio University, visit www.ohio.edu/mcdavis-farewell