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Photos capture memorable moments from President Nellis’ first day


From obtaining his University ID to greeting students and parents attending Bobcat Student Orientation, Ohio University's 21st president, Dr. M. Duane Nellis, marked the beginning of his OHIO journey on Monday, June 12.

Here are some highlights from the day:

Amber Epling, director of presidential communication, accompanies President M. Duane Nellis across College Green on his first day as OHIO’s 21st president.

Amber Epling, director of presidential communication, accompanies President M. Duane Nellis on College Green on his first day as OHIO’s 21st president.

President M. Duane Nellis enters his new office in Cutler Hall with his Chief of Staff, Jennifer Kirksey.

President M. Duane Nellis enters his new office in Cutler Hall with Chief of Staff Jennifer Kirksey.

President M. Duane Nellis settles into his new office at Cutler Hall and looks over the itinerary for his first day at Ohio University.

President M. Duane Nellis settles into his new office at Cutler Hall and looks over the itinerary for his first day at Ohio University.

A rite of passage for all new Bobcats, President M. Duane Nellis and First Lady Ruthie Nellis pose for a photo with Rufus.

A rite of passage for all new Bobcats, President M. Duane Nellis and First Lady Ruthie Nellis pose for a photo with Rufus.

President M. Duane Nellis interacts with faculty and staff at a gathering at Cutler Hall.

President M. Duane Nellis interacts with faculty and staff at a gathering at Cutler Hall.

President M. Duane Nellis talks with Eric Williams, an associate professor in OHIO’s School of Media Arts and Studies and a co-founder of the Immersive Media Initiative, at the University’s GRID Lab.

President M. Duane Nellis talks with Eric Williams, an associate professor in OHIO’s School of Media Arts and Studies and a co-founder of the Immersive Media Initiative, at the University’s GRID Lab.

Goll-Ohio Eminent Scholar and Distinguished Professor of Molecular Biology John Kopchick takes President M. Duane Nellis on a tour of OHIO’s Edison Biotechnology Institute.

Goll-Ohio Eminent Scholar and Distinguished Professor of Molecular Biology John Kopchick takes President M. Duane Nellis on a tour of OHIO’s Edison Biotechnology Institute.

President M. Duane Nellis poses for a photo with students and faculty at the Edison Biotechnology Institute.

President M. Duane Nellis poses for a photo with students and faculty at the Edison Biotechnology Institute.

President M. Duane Nellis greets Cimmeron O’Connor, director of Undergraduate Orientation Programs, at Nelson Commons.

President M. Duane Nellis greets Cimmeron O’Connor, director of Undergraduate Orientation Programs, at Nelson Commons where he enjoyed a lunch with students and their loved ones on campus for OHIO’s Bobcat Student Orientation.

President M. Duane Nellis greets a student entering Nelson Commons for lunch.

President M. Duane Nellis greets Bobcats football player Keevon Harris as he enters Nelson Commons for lunch.