About Roderick J. McDavis, Ph.D.
Roderick J. McDavis became Ohio University's 20th president on July 1, 2004. A native of Dayton, Ohio, he received a bachelor's degree in social sciences in secondary education from Ohio University in 1970, making him only the second university alumnus to lead the university as president. He received a master's degree in student personnel administration from the University of Dayton in 1971, and a doctorate in counselor education and higher education administration from the University of Toledo in 1974.
Dr. McDavis served as provost and vice president for academic affairs and professor of education at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. from 1999-2004. He was dean of the College of Education and professor of education at the University of Florida from 1994-1999. He was dean of the College of Education and professor of counselor education at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville from 1989-1994. He served as the director of the Arkansas Academy for Leadership Training and School-Based Management from 1992-1994. He was a professor of education in the Department of Counselor Education at the University of Florida from 1974-1989 and an associate dean of the graduate school and minority programs at the University of Florida from 1984-1989.
Dr. McDavis has served as chair of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE). His primary interests and publications include restructuring teacher education programs, improving public schools and districts, counseling ethnic minorities, recruiting and retaining minority students and faculty, and evaluating student personnel programs. He has authored or co-authored chapters in books, monographs and articles in professional journals and other publications.
Dr. McDavis has served as a consultant and keynote speaker for universities, community colleges, public school systems, human service agencies, professional associations, community organizations and churches. In 1995, Dr. McDavis was named Person of the Year in Education by The Gainesville Sun. He was named the 1996 Outstanding Alumnus of the College of Education at Ohio University. He also received the Post-Secondary Outstanding Educator Award from the North Central Florida Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa in 1996. Dr. McDavis received the 1997 Black Achiever's Award in Education from the Florida Conference of Black State Legislators.
In 2008, Dr. McDavis founded The Interlink Alliance, a coalition of historically black colleges and universities and Ohio University, for the purpose of developing and preparing African American students to learn, live and lead in the 21st century. In 2010, Dr. McDavis was appointed to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Committee on Academic Performance and was named to the American Council on Education (ACE) Blue Ribbon Panel on Global Engagement. In 2011, Dr. McDavis was asked to serve on the Ohio Board of Regents Technology Transfer and Commercialization Task Force in recognition of Ohio University's leadership in this arena. In 2012, the University of Arkansas awarded Dr. McDavis the Silas Hunt Legacy Award for his commitment to diversity.