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Meet Mrs. McDavis

Deborah McDavisOhio University First Lady Deborah McDavis is a native of Dayton Ohio. Mrs. McDavis received all of her formal education in the state of Ohio.  After graduating from Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School in 1966, she enrolled in the University of Dayton where in 1969 she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education with English as her major, and a Master of Arts Degree in English in 1971. She began her college composition teaching career at Wright State University in 1971, and continued teaching English composition at colleges, universities, and in senior high schools in the states of Ohio, Florida, Arkansas, and Virginia.  


After 34 years of teaching college and high school English, Mrs. McDavis retired from the teaching profession to assume a full time role as First Lady of Ohio University where her husband President McDavis, also a Daytonian, was recently named the 20th president of his alma mater, Ohio University.  


As first lady, Mrs. McDavis’s primary goal is to support the president in carrying out his mission for the university.  In so doing, she is proud to champion such initiatives as serving as ambassador of Ohio University across the state of Ohio, especially the southeastern region, and throughout the nation; becoming involved in some capacity with literacy and adult continuing education programs; visiting area public schools to advocate the importance of establishing and maintaining quality education for K-12 students; engaging in meaningful dialogue with Ohio University students to emphasize the importance of academic excellence, civic responsibility, and good character; volunteering to work with non-profit organizations, boards, and civic groups to lend support in the establishment of economic development initiatives that will improve the quality of life of citizens of  southeastern Ohio.

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