June 30, 2004
Today marks the official close of Ohio University's bicentennial celebration, the successful conclusion of our $200 million Bicentennial Campaign, and the end of my tenure as your 19th president. It has been a great year of celebratory activity and it is most satisfying that our capital campaign has exceeded its goal by nearly 10 percent. More than two-thirds of all faculty and staff contributed to the campaign. That fact in itself speaks volumes about the pride we share in our university and about the optimism we share for her future.
In the subtitle of her bicentennial book Betty Hollow described Ohio University as "a singular place," and indeed it is so. This is a wonderful place of opportunity for the students we serve, for the society we represent, and certainly for all the people like us who cherish its values and who strive daily to make it even better.
Rene' and I are grateful to have shared the opportunities of Ohio University with you, and we thank you for your support and cooperation over the past decade. There have been many moments of satisfaction, only a few of frustration, and never a day that we were not exceedingly proud to say that we are from Ohio University.
We look forward to working with President McDavis and with you in the future to maintain our university pride as Ohio's "first and finest."
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