ZANESVILLE, Ohio (Sept. 23, 2004) -- Roderick J. McDavis will be visiting the Ohio University Zanesville Campus for the first time Thursday, Sept. 30. President McDavis will be meeting with administrators, faculty and staff. A press conference will be held at 10:30 a.m. followed by a community reception. McDavis will be concluding his visit with a tour of the campus.
McDavis plans to appoint a university-wide committee to develop a vision to achieve national prominence for the university. Within this vision is a goal to enhance the quality and availability of academic programs on the regional campuses. In addition, he plans to work collaboratively with health care institutions in the region to strengthen access and to improve the quality of public schools in Southeastern Ohio. "We must never forget that a better educated populace leads to a better work force for tomorrow's jobs," he said.
A native of Dayton, Ohio, McDavis received a bachelor's degree in social sciences in secondary education from Ohio University in 1970. He earned a master's degree in student personnel administration from the University of Dayton in 1971 and a doctorate in counselor education and higher education administration from the University of Toledo in 1974. Prior to joining Ohio University, he served as provost and vice president for academic affairs and professor of education at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.
McDavis became Ohio University's 20th president on July 1, 2004. He succeeds President Robert Glidden; becoming only the second alumnus to lead the university.
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Editor's Note: Members of the media are invited to a press conference at Elson Hall Room 186 at the Ohio University Zanesville Campus, on Thursday, Sept. 30, at 10:30 a.m.