President Nellis

President M. Duane Nellis

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David Descutner

Interim Executive Vice President and Provost David Descutner

Photo courtesy of: University Communications and Marketing

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Supporting OHIO community members deployed for hurricane relief

President M. Duane Nellis and Interim Executive Vice President and Provost David Descutner address how the OHIO community can provide support for its men and women in the National Guard and Reserve who are being called to service in the wake of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma in the following message. 

We have witnessed through recent news accounts the utter devastation to communities in the Gulf region and we know another hurricane is wreaking havoc across communities and island nations in the Atlantic Ocean. Many of our students, faculty, and staff have family members and friends in these regions, and we share your concern for them and know that you are doing all that you can to offer support and material assistance.  

During these moments of crisis, women and men in the National Guard and Reserve often are called up to aid rescue and recovery efforts. We are receiving word that some students, faculty, and staff who are members of the National Guard and Reserve are being put on notice that they may be called to service, especially as more is known about the assistance needed in Florida following Hurricane Irma. 

The leadership, values and skills that these men and women display on campus and through their service to our country make them esteemed members of the Bobcat community. We consider it an honor to support their commitment to our armed forces, and we stand ready to assist them and their families when military service calls them away.

Over the past week, approximately 130 National Guard and Reserve students across all OHIO campuses have been notified of possible deployment in the wake of the destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and anticipated by Hurricane Irma in Florida and the southeastern part of the United States. 

Faculty, staff and students can best assist students who will be deployed by being aware of resources that the University offers and by understanding the sacrifices military services members are willing to make.
We as a community must commit to working with our deployed students to develop the best possible plan for them to return to their studies. We want our deployed students to know that we will do our best to help you stay on track in your academic program.

To our deployed employees, we pledge to support you and help make your transition as seamless as possible while you are away and when you return. 

We know that on our campus we have hundreds of student veterans and employees. We thank all of you for your past, present, and future service. Military men and women and their families make extraordinary sacrifices as they serve our country. For those among us to be called now to serve in the face of these catastrophic events, please know that we are here to support you and your loved ones through the coming weeks and months. 

M. Duane Nellis

David Descutner
Interim Executive Vice President and Provost


If you are a student receiving deployment orders, please reach out to Veterans and Military Student Services Center at 740-566-VETS (8387) or  

If you are faculty or staff and receive deployment orders, please contact Carlotta Hensler at 740-593-2096 or