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President creates task force to plan future

ATHENS, Ohio (Nov. 10, 2004) -- President Roderick McDavis has commissioned a task force charged with helping map the future for Ohio University.

The group, chaired by interim Provost Kathy Krendl, will be responsible for developing a comprehensive strategic plan advancing McDavis' four primary goals and objectives for the institution. These include transforming Ohio University into a nationally prominent research institution, increasing diversity in every area of the university, securing the research resources necessary for the university to reach national prominence and expanding the university's partnerships regionally, statewide, nationally and internationally.

"This is absolutely critical to the future of our institution," said McDavis. "We must reach out to our entire university community, assess our current position, determine those opportunities and challenges that lie before us, and determine the most productive and beneficial course for Ohio University."

The task force is already at work examining existing materials about the university's identity, opportunities and weaknesses. Following an evaluation and review of those situation reports, the university-wide group will seek to craft a new plan building upon the university's strengths, allowing for the pursuit of opportunities, making clear the university's identity and implementing strategies that will enable the university to reach its stated goals.

The Presidential Task Force consists of 43 people who represent a majority of groups and interests on campus.

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