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President announces restructuring of administration: Campus reactions

May 7, 2007

Following President Roderick McDavis' address announcing a restructuring of his administration to bring greater focus to Ohio University's academic mission, members of the university community shared their reactions with Outlook.

Campus reactions:

"I like the idea of strengthening the role of the academic deans and the faulty, and the focus on what we're all about, which is undergraduate and graduate student education, is great."
-- Mark Weinberg, Director, Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs

"I want to see what this means. It's a little early to say. If the deans are going to have a bigger role in directing the university, then I'm all for that."
-- Associate Professor Joe McLaughlin, Chair, Department
of English

"It's good to see him so energized. I'm really, really glad to hear about increased responsibility for Provost Krendl. She's someone I know personally, and I have a lot of faith in her ability as a leader."
-- Brittany Buxton, Graduate student

"We were definitely in need of a structural refinement. It's a first step. It's by no means a cure-all." -- Dominic Barbato, President, Graduate Student Senate

"In recognition of our challenges and a course correction to a certain degree, you see strength and vitality and a course for a better future. I feel good about it. I think that if we ignore challenges, they get bigger. ... We're recognizing where we are and how we're going forward."
-- R. Gregory Browning, Chair, Ohio University Board of Trustees

"This will consolidate more areas closely with the academic mission. ... It gives the academic units the responsibility to leverage the resources for the best interest of the university."
-- Kathy Krendl, Executive Vice President and Provost

"The president covered a lot of information, so I'd like to see it written so I can really digest it. He had a lot of things that he shared. But the academic mission is why we're all here -- and that's what is most important -- so I look forward to reading it and digesting it a little bit more."
-- Wendy Merb-Brown, Chair, Administrative Senate

"I share the president's optimism. I'm heartened about the possibilities of this new model. I think it will help in facilitating the university's efforts to engender student success; to help faculty succeed as scholars and teachers; and to build a model of more harmony in the university community."
-- David Descutner, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and Dean of University College

"I guess the one thing that I would like to say is that I appreciate the emphasis on our academic priorities."
-- Phyllis Bernt, Chair, Faculty Senate

"I thought it was a good speech. And I believe that we all have to work together with the president to solve our problems, and this divisiveness that we've got on campus is really not serving anyone."
-- Dave Logan, President, AFSCME Local 1699

"It's an opportunity for all of us to recommit ourselves to supporting the academic goals and pursuits of the university. I think the energy that was in the room and the way people responded to the message leads me to believe that we have decided we're going to move forward as one."
-- Renee Middleton, Dean, College of Education

"The message shared here by the president today will be of great interest and value to Ohio University alumni. ...A lot of things the president talked about today will resonate with alumni. ...They'll get it and they'll be here to help. And there's a lot of them out there."
-- Ralph Amos, Assistant Vice President of Alumni Relations 

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