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No decision made on renaming Ney Center, Ohio University says

Editor's note: OUE Regional Coordinating Council recommends renaming of Ney Center issued Nov. 13, 2006

ATHENS, Ohio (Nov. 3, 2006) -- Ohio University will examine whether to remove the name of U.S. Rep. Bob Ney from a building on the university's Eastern Campus in St. Clairsville, Ohio, officials said today.

Charles Bird, Ohio University's vice president for university outreach and regional campuses, said today that discussions have been underway within the administration, and that he has asked the Eastern Campus Regional Coordinating Council to review this question and offer a recommendation to the administration. 

That meeting has not yet been scheduled, but is expected to take place within the next two weeks.

Bird will then place the matter before the Ohio University Board of Trustees at its Dec. 1 meeting. The Board of Trustees has the sole authority to name university buildings. 

In 1997 the trustees named the facility in honor of Ney for his efforts when a state legislator to obtain state funding for the project.

Statements made to the media earlier this week by an Ohio University spokesman may have given the impression that the university has decided to maintain the name of the Robert W. Ney Health and Physical Education Center.  In fact, no such decision has been made. 

"The university regrets the error," said Joe Brennan, executive director of University Communications and Marketing.

Regional Coordinating Councils
Each of Ohio University's five regional campuses has a Regional Coordinating Council. These advisory bodies are appointed by the Board of Trustees and are made up of individuals who live in the region served by the campus. The councils help the university understand the needs of local communities. They typically make recommendations on academic programming, land use, capital projects and similar issues. 

Ohio University
Established in 1804, Ohio University is the oldest institution of higher learning in the state. Located in the classic college town of Athens, in southeastern Ohio, the university has earned a reputation for its rich educational tradition and outstanding academic programs. Ohio University offers more than 250 areas of undergraduate study. On the graduate level, the university grants master's degrees in nearly all of its major academic divisions and doctoral degrees in selected departments. The Athens campus has more than 19,000 students from nearly every state and about 100 nations around the world. Five regional campuses located in Chillicothe, Ironton, Lancaster, St. Clairsville and Zanesville extend university access across southern Ohio and increase total enrollment to more than 27,000.

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Media Contact: Executive Director of University Communications and Marketing Joe Brennan at 740-593-2563 (office) or 740-591-8735 (cell) or brennanj@ohio.edu

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