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President Gonzalez, OHIO leadership share answers to community questions from March 21 ‘University Updates’

Ohio University President Lori Stewart Gonzalez hosted the third "University Updates" event on Thursday, March 21, as part of OHIO’s ongoing efforts to further connections and dialogue throughout the University community. 

Following each event, both online and in-person attendees also have the opportunity to submit questions for leadership. Answers to the questions that were submitted during the March 21 event are now available to view on the University Updates website.

During the March event, President Gonzalez also encouraged students, faculty and staff to let OHIO leaders know what they would like to hear discussed at the "University Updates" events that will begin again during the fall semester.

'University Updates': March 21 Leadership Presentations

President Gonzalez began the event by sharing a brief update regarding searches for key leadership positions such as vice president for research and creative activity, and said that she would be testifying before the Ohio Senate, along with other public university presidents, on higher education issues.

Lyn Redington, who serves as interim vice president of Advancement and president and CEO of the Ohio University Foundation as well as vice president for student affairs, gave an update on University Advancement with Major Alston, senior associate vice president of Advancement and campaign director. Alston provided an overview of OHIO’s philanthropic support and discussed the 2024 OHIO Giving Day, which will be held on April 9.

Mary Elizabeth Miles, vice president for human resources, thanked the University community for welcoming her to OHIO and provided updates on human resources activities, including the planned move to Grosvenor Hall in 2024. Miles also discussed the many benefits available to OHIO employees and invited faculty and staff to learn more about the employee benefits at

Julie Cromer, director of athletics, provided an overview of the Athletics Department and OHIO’s position in the Mid-American Conference (MAC). Cromer said the MAC is the most stable college athletics conference in the country and it provides the opportunity for OHIO to celebrate high achievements and give student-athletes a true student-centered experience. Cromer also shared the academic achievements of OHIO’s student-athletes and discussed how students from all across the University gain experience working with the Athletics Department.

Robin Oliver, vice president of university communications and marketing and co-chair of the Mission and Vision Refresh Committee, discussed the work of the committee and presented the drafts of the new mission and vision statements. The draft statements will be presented to the Ohio University Board of Trustees in April, with the goal of the Trustees approving that statements in June. 

For more information on the March 21 event, or to watch the recording of the presentation, please see the "University Updates" website.

April 5, 2024
Staff reports