ATHENS, Ohio (Aug. 10, 2005) -- Teri E. Geiger has been named director of government relations at Ohio University, university President Roderick J. McDavis announced at a press conference today. Geiger, 41, an Ohio University alumna, is currently chief of staff for the Ohio Senate. She will begin her new duties in late September.
"Teri has a passion for working with legislators and other government officials in making sure they are aware of how Ohio University positively impacts the quality of life for individuals in this region and beyond. She understands, and is able to communicate, the role that this university plays in building a stronger Ohio," McDavis said. "Further, Teri has the proven ability to work cooperatively with legislators and a keen understanding of the issues facing higher education. The trust and respect she has earned from lawmakers is key to this important position."
Among her duties, Geiger will serve as a liaison between the university and governmental bodies on the state and federal levels, such as the Governor's Office, the Ohio General Assembly and U.S. Congress. She will maintain effective relationships with government officials and plan the university's response to proposed legislation. This new position combines activities that were previously undertaken by several individuals.
"I'm honored and truly excited about the opportunity to come to work for Ohio University," Geiger said. "It's especially gratifying to be returning to my alma mater. I'm anxious to put my experience in state government to work, advancing an agenda and helping to move Ohio University forward."
Geiger, a 1986 graduate of Ohio University's E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, has a broad and distinguished background in government.
She has held continually progressive positions with the Ohio Senate's Majority Caucus since 1987 and has been in her current position since 1996. As chief of staff, she directs the formulation of policy for the state Senate's 22-member Majority Caucus and offers advice on legislative and political issues. Geiger acts as the Ohio Senate president's liaison to the Office of the Governor, Ohio House of Representatives, and state governmental agencies and lobbying organizations.
Geiger was previously director of communication and research, director of communication and communication assistant for the caucus.
After graduating from Ohio University, she earned a highly competitive internship with the Ohio House of Representatives.
Gannett News Service named Geiger one of the 10 Most Powerful Women in State Government in 2003, and Ohio University's Department of Political Science honored her with an Outstanding Alumna Award in 1995.
"Given the importance of government relations at the state and federal levels, it is critical that Ohio University have a full-time presence in both Columbus and Washington," Assistant to the President Alan Geiger (no relation) said. "As an individual who shared responsibility for this area for the past 25 years, I'm delighted with Teri's appointment, and I believe she will move the university forward in this critical arena."
Vice President for Research Jack Bantle chaired the search committee for this position. The committee consisted of students, faculty, administrators and alumni. The search process took approximately six months.
"I would like to commend Vice President Bantle and the members of the search committee for their efforts in conducting a thorough and comprehensive search that identified an outstanding pool of candidates for this position," McDavis said.
She agreed to a three-year contact for $130,000 a year. A native of Jackson, Ohio, Geiger currently lives in Dublin, Ohio, with her husband, Roger.
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