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Governor creates University System of Ohio

Aug. 2, 2007
From staff reports

Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis said he supports a decision by Gov. Ted Strickland to unite Ohio's public universities under one system to focus on their common goals.

The plan was announced Wednesday by Eric Fingerhut, chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents, in a speech to Ohio's public college and university presidents.

"We think this is a good idea, and we are looking forward to working with the governor and the chancellor as this strategy takes shape," said McDavis, who on July 1 began a one-year term as president of the Inter-University Counsel. The IUC is a network of Ohio's public college and university presidents that works to sustain and improve the quality of public higher education.

According to materials distributed to the presidents Wednesday, each college will become part of the University System of Ohio. The universities and colleges will continue to function as separate units.

"This is not ... a change in the way we govern higher education either at the state or the institutional level. But neither is it a symbolic name change," he said.

Fingerhut said the changes present new opportunities for Ohio's public colleges.

"The increased funding in the new state budget must not be viewed as a reward for past performance, but as an investment in a transformed system of higher education that meets the needs of the state and all its citizens in the 21st century," he said.

Fingerhut said additional details of the plan will be announced at a later date.

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