At their March 22 meeting, the Ohio University Board of Trustees considered the report and recommendations put forth this past fall by the University’s Regional Higher Education Task Force, which was co-chaired Dr. Nicole Pennington, Dean of the Southern Campus, and Dr. Brad Cohen, Senior Vice Provost for Instructional Innovation.
Trustees unanimously passed a resolution to empower and support University leadership as they prioritize recommendations to create the One Ohio University Model. Trustees encouraged leadership to begin the necessary steps to achieve efficiencies and consolidation where needed, generating new revenue streams, encouraging innovation in academic and administrative activities, and engaging with communities and state officials for the purpose of ensuring the long-term viability of Ohio University across the One OHIO unified system.
“Ohio University’s regional campuses provide valuable educational and economic benefits to the communities in which they are located,” said Ohio University Board of Trustees Chair Dave Scholl. “As such, there is a great sense of urgency for University leadership to develop a sustainable model that will ensure our Regional campuses can continue to serve their respective communities as well as the University as a whole."
University administration will work with Academic leadership as well as the University’s shared governance structure to establish a core implementation team, led by Executive Vice President and Provost Chaden Djalali, to use data driven decision making to integrate all campuses into a holistic One Ohio University model.
“This is truly an exciting time for our entire University community, said President M. Duane Nellis. “By implementing innovative strategies that will identify a sustainable and vibrant financial model for Ohio University’s regional campuses, we advance in our vision for strong legacy as One Ohio University. We are grateful to our Trustees for their continued support.”