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OUE Regional Coordinating Council recommends renaming of Ney Center

ATHENS, Ohio (Nov. 13, 2006) -- The Regional Coordinating Council of the Ohio University Eastern Campus today recommended in a letter to Ohio University Vice President for University Outreach and Regional Campuses Charles P. Bird that the name Robert W. Ney be removed from the "Robert W. Ney Center for Health and Physical Education" on the St. Clairsville, Ohio, campus.

The coordinating council also recommends that the building be referred to as "The Ohio University Eastern Health and Physical Education Center."

The Ohio University Board of Trustees has the sole authority to name university buildings and will have the opportunity to act on the recommendation at its Dec. 1 meeting.

After Ney was found guilty of felony charges in October, Bird asked the coordinating council to give him a recommendation concerning the renaming of the Ney Center.

Harry W. White, chair of the coordinating council, states in the letter to Bird that the recommendation to rename the center is a result of "Mr. Ney's felony conviction and subsequent resignation from the United States Congress."

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

"I appreciate the timely recommendation from the Eastern Campus Regional Coordinating Council," Bird said. "My next step is to take it to the Board of Trustees for consideration at its Dec. 1 meeting."

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.

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Media Contacts: Executive Director of University Communications and Marketing Joe Brennan at 740-593-2563 (office) or 740-591-8735 (cell) or brennanj@ohio.edu; Vice President for Regional Campuses and Outreach Charles P. Bird at 740-593-2551 or bird@ohio.edu; Harry W. White at 740-695-8881 or whiteharry@sbcglobal.net

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