At farewell receptions held in honor of Ohio University President and Mrs. Robert Glidden, the University and Athens communities offered good wishes to the couple.
Board of Trustees member Larry Schey said one of his predominant memories of Glidden was his strong commitment to students. Referring to the initiative in 1999 to place a computer in every residence hall room, Schey said, "You brought us into the new millennium."
"Thank you deeply from the bottom of our hearts for all you have done for us," he said.
At a reception held Thursday evening (June 24), Glidden received emeritus status and was honored with a Founders Citation, which is the highest honor presented by the Board of Trustees and honors recipients for significant and singular contributions to the excellence of the University. It also was announced at the event that the School of Music building is to be named for the retiring president and now will be known as the Robert Glidden Hall.
On July 1, 1994, Glidden became the 19th president of Ohio University, the first public institution of higher learning in the Northwest Territory. In the past decade, he has taken Ohio University to a new level of excellence emphasizing the University's academic and research missions. He also has made it an Ohio University priority to reach out to southeastern Ohio through the institution's strong regional campus system, the Voinovich Center for Leadership and Public Affairs and a multitude of other initiatives. He will retire June 30.
Glidden has moved the University forward -- by way of enhancements in undergraduate education, technological advancements and campus improvements -- during some of the toughest economic times the state has faced in recent memory.
Under Glidden, external funding for Ohio University faculty research has climbed to $54.3 million, up from just $34.4 million six years earlier. The University has also surpassed its $200 million goal for its Bicentennial Campaign, the largest fund-raising effort in the history of the institution, raising $215 million.
In addition to his distinguished service to Ohio University, Glidden has taken a leadership role in higher education in Ohio and around the country through his involvement with Ohio's Inter-University Council and service as founding chair of the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.
Rene Glidden's contributions to the University community, noteworthy in their own right, include her oversight of the renovation of the president's residence. She has also made valuable contributions as a career volunteer. She has served on the boards of trustees of the Dairy Barn/Southeast Ohio Cultural Arts Center; the Stuart Opera House; Community Design, Inc.; the Percent for Art Committee; and the Ohio Arts Council.