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Rankin named interim vice president for research

ATHENS, Ohio (Nov. 20, 2006) -- James Rankin has been named interim vice president for research at Ohio University, effective Dec. 1. 

James Rankin photo by Rick FaticaHe will serve in this capacity while the university conducts a national search to replace Jack Bantle, who will be leaving to accept a position at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.

Rankin said, "I am looking to continue the good work of Jack Bantle and the staff, and to advance the university's goal for increasing research activity."

The appointment was made on Friday by Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis, who praised Rankin's management skills and research aptitude. "As an active researcher, Jim brings a unique perspective and the professional skills that are necessary to provide strong leadership to this division. During this interim period, I am confident that he will help guide the area of research as we work to achieve our mission of providing a distinct learning environment for our students."

Rankin has been at Ohio University for nine years. He is director of the university's Avionics Engineering Center and a part-time professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in the Russ College of Engineering and Technology.

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