June 6, 2007
By Tom Bosco
Former Ohio University president Robert Glidden has officially ended his post-presidency service as a consultant and fundraiser. Glidden resigned his consulting contract with the Board of Trustees effective May 31.
"He left Ohio University in very good shape," said current president Roderick McDavis. "We so appreciate all of the contributions he's made over the last couple of years."
Glidden, the university's 19th president, retired in 2004 after 10 years in Cutler Hall. The Board of Trustees however requested that he remain involved with the university and hired him as a consultant to assist the transition of President McDavis into office, to consult with the Voinovich Center for Leadership and Public Affairs (now the Voinovich School), to be an ambassador for Ohio University to international universities and "such matters as may be reasonably requested," by the trustees, according to his contract.
Those reasonably requested matters turned into groundwork for university fundraising. Glidden worked to secure awareness and support for the new Learning and Research Facility and the Monomoy Theatre, a summer stock theater in the Cape Cod village of Chatham, Mass., which is staffed by actors and instructors from Ohio University.
McDavis said that Glidden brought continuity and stability to the fund-raising effort during the first years of the McDavis administration.
"Coming off of the Bicentennial Campaign, it was important to retain contact with donors and keep them in touch with someone they knew and trusted," McDavis said. "And Dr. Glidden certainly was someone they knew and trusted."
"The key to fund raising is relationships, and he has left us in great shape in that regard. We can build on that as we move forward," added McDavis, who will broaden his fundraising scope.
"Fund raising has become so critical to universities that every president has to be involved in it," he said.
For his part, Glidden has been busy this spring, following up on Bicentennial Campaign pledges, assisting Vice President for University Advancement Howard Lipman and working on the 50th Anniversary Monomoy Campaign.
"Even though I will no longer be on the university payroll, please know that I will be more than pleased to be of service to you and Ohio University in the future," Glidden wrote McDavis recently.