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Speeches / Messages

The Office of the President delivers messaging that keeps the Ohio University community and interested external constituencies informed of key developments and important achievements. These speeches and messages are most often delivered by the president, but sometimes may be communicated by other appropriate University leaders with expertise specific to the topic.


October 11, 2017
President Nellis discusses fostering a safe, supportive University community
President M. Duane Nellis discusses recent and upcoming University initiatives focused on sexual misconduct prevention and support at Ohio University.
 
October 6, 2017
President Nellis shares his inaugural First Fridays message
In his inaugural First Friday letter, President Nellis shares his excitement for the upcoming investiture ceremony and what it means for the University community.
 
September 29, 2017
Reaffirming OHIO's values as an inclusive community
In a message to the University community, President Nellis and Vice President for Student Affairs Pina reaffirm OHIO's values of inclusion and respect for others.
 
September 25, 2017
President M. Duane Nellis announces search committee for Ohio University’s next Executive Vice President and Provost
President M. Duane Nellis announces the members of the search committee for Ohio University’s next Executive Vice President and Provost.
 
September 5, 2017
President Nellis issues message in response to DACA news
Ohio University President M. Duane Nellis sent the following message to the Ohio University community on Sept. 5, 2017, in response to news regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
 
August 18, 2017
University leaders reaffirm commitment to inclusion
The following message was sent to the OHIO community on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017.
 
July 19, 2017
Search committee named for Vice President for University Advancement & President and CEO of the Ohio University Foundation
President M. Duane Nellis, in a message to the OHIO community, announces the search committee for the position of Vice President for University Advancement & President and CEO of the Ohio University Foundation.
 
June 14, 2017
President Nellis shares his first impressions in a message to OHIO community
After his first day, President M. Duane Nellis shares his first impressions of Ohio University and excitement for the future.
 
June 12, 2017
President Nellis names David Descutner Interim Executive Vice President and Provost at Ohio University
President M. Duane Nellis has appointed Dr. David Descutner as Interim Provost of Ohio University, effective July 1st. Acting as interim provost will allow Descutner an opportunity to advance the University’s academic mission while assisting Dr. Nellis with his transition as the University’s 21st President.
 
June 9, 2017
President M. Duane Nellis shares gratitude, anticipation for first day
In advance of his first day as 21st president of Ohio University, Dr. M. Duane Nellis shares his gratitude for Interim President David Descutner and excitement for his new role to begin.
 
Interim President David Descutner sends final message to University community
In his final message to the OHIO community as interim president, David Descutner shares his excitement for the transition to the University's 21st president, Duane Nellis.
 
March 21, 2017
View the 2016 President's Report
The 2016 President’s Report provides a small glimpse of OHIO’s remarkable progress during the past calendar year.
 
March 1, 2017
Interim President Descutner addresses recent student protests
The following message was sent to the Ohio University by Interim President David Descutner on Wednesday, March 1.
 
February 24, 2017
Reaffirming OHIO's commitment to diversity and inclusion
The following message was sent by Interim President David Descutner, Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit and Vice President for Student Affairs Jason Pina to the Ohio University community on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017.
 
February 21, 2017
A message from Interim President David Descutner
The following message was sent to the Ohio University community on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017.
 
February 20, 2017
A farewell message from President Roderick J. McDavis
On his last day at Ohio University, President Roderick J. McDavis shares a farewell message with his fellow Bobcats.
 
February 7, 2017
Farewell open house cancelled
A farewell open house for President Roderick J. McDavis and First Lady Deborah A. McDavis, scheduled for Feb. 7, has been cancelled.
 
January 29, 2017
President Roderick J. McDavis issues statement in response to President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration
President Roderick J. McDavis sent a message to the Ohio University community on Jan. 29 regarding the executive order entitled “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States” signed by President Donald Trump.
 
January 11, 2017
President McDavis welcomes students back for spring semester
Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis sent the following message to OHIO students on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017.
 
December 9, 2016
Message from Board Chair David A. Wolfort and President Roderick J. McDavis
Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis and Board of Trustees Chair David A. Wolfort issue an announcement to the OHIO community.
 
November 16, 2016
A Thanksgiving message from President Roderick J. McDavis
President McDavis shares a special Thanksgiving message to the Ohio University community.
 
September 26, 2016
George Voinovich honored with tribute at Federal Government Alumni Luncheon
Ohio University alumni came together at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. on Sept. 22 to reconnect with the University and honor one of their own for outstanding service to the nation, Senator George V. Voinovich.
 
September 13, 2016
President McDavis removes name from WOUB newsroom, returns gift
President Roderick J. McDavis releases an announcement regarding the name of the WOUB newsroom on the Athens Campus.
 
August 30, 2016
President McDavis shares highlights of upcoming Board of Trustees meeting
On Wednesday, August 24, Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis sent the following message to the OHIO campus community regarding the upcoming Board of Trustees meeting.
 
August 24, 2016
President McDavis shares personal reflections after Faculty Staff Convocation
The following message was sent by Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis to faculty and staff on August 24, 2016.
 
August 23, 2016
President McDavis welcomes Bobcats back to Athens
Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis welcomes Bobcats back to the Athens Campus for a new academic year.
 
June 13, 2016
A message from President McDavis regarding Monday's vigil for the Orlando shooting victims.
The following message was sent by President Roderick J. McDavis to the Ohio University community on Monday, June 13, 2016.
 
June 12, 2016
A message from President McDavis regarding the passing of Senator Voinovich
The following message was sent to the Ohio University community on Sunday, June 12, 2016.
 
June 9, 2016
A message from President McDavis in advance of the upcoming Board of Trustees meeting
President Roderick J. McDavis discusses items on the agenda for the upcoming June Ohio University Board of Trustees meeting.
 
April 12, 2016
View the 2015 President's Report online
View the 2015 President's Report online
 
March 10, 2016
A special announcement from President Roderick J. McDavis
The following message was sent by President Roderick J. McDavis to the Ohio University community on March 10, 2016.
 
February 18, 2016
A message from President McDavis in celebration of Founders Day
President Roderick J. McDavis celebrates Founders Day with a message about the birth of the modern Ohio University that took place 80 years ago.
 
February 1, 2016
Ohio University Honorary Degree nominations now being accepted
President McDavis asks for nominations for Honorary Degree nominations on behalf of the Honorary Degree Committee.
 
January 21, 2016
A message from President McDavis about OHIO's tobacco-free commitment
The following message was sent by President Roderick J. McDavis to Ohio University students, faculty and staff on the Athens Campus on January 20, 2016.
 
January 11, 2016
President McDavis welcomes students, faculty and staff to new year, new semester
The following message was sent to Ohio University students, faculty and staff by President Roderick J. McDavis on Monday, Jan. 11.
 
December 9, 2015
A message from President McDavis about bias and racism
The following message was sent Wednesday, Dec. 9, by President Roderick J. McDavis to members of the Athens Campus community.
 
November 25, 2015
Office of the President announces changes to office hours
In an effort to better accommodate the scheduling needs of students, faculty and staff, the Office of the President will be expanding opportunities for Presidential engagement.
 
November 20, 2015
Global events spark gratitude for the Bobcat family
The following message was sent by Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis to the OHIO community on Friday, Nov. 20.
 
August 27, 2015
President McDavis delivers State of the University
On Wednesday, Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis delivered his annual State of the University address to faculty and staff at the Margaret M. Walter Hall Rotunda. Below is a transcript of his remarks.
 
August 21, 2015
A message from President McDavis regarding fall commencement
The following message from President Roderick J. McDavis regarding the decision to implement a fall commencement ceremony was sent to Ohio University faculty and staff on Aug. 18, 2015.
 
July 30, 2015
David Richard Moore appointed secretary to the Ohio University Board of Trustees
A message from President Roderick J. McDavis regarding the appointment of David Richard Moore as secretary to the Ohio University Board of Trustees.
 
July 1, 2015
The Promise Lives Campaign exceeds goal by $50 million
The following message was sent by President McDavis at the conclusion of Ohio University's The Promise Lives Campaign.
 
A message from President McDavis regarding the passage of Ohio's state budget
The following message was sent by Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis to OHIO students, faculty and staff on July 1, 2015.
 
June 11, 2015
President McDavis announces selection of interim vice president for student affairs
A message from President Roderick J. McDavis regarding the selection of an interim vice president for student affairs.
 
May 18, 2015
A message from OHIO President McDavis regarding Vice President for Student Affairs Ryan Lombardi
The following message was sent to Ohio University faculty, staff and students by President Roderick J. McDavis.
 
March 24, 2015
View the 2014 President's Report online
The 2014 President's Report provides a small glimpse of OHIO's remarkable progress during the past calendar year.
 
March 10, 2015
Ohio University President and Executive Vice President and Provost provide update on AQIP
President Roderick J. McDavis and Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit update faculty on Higher Learning Commission reaffirmation and AQIP.
 
March 9, 2015
Athens Mayor and Ohio University President issue joint statement in advance of spring semester weekend activities
Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis and Athens Mayor Paul Wiehl urge students and community members to make smart decisions in advance of spring semester weekend activities.
 
December 10, 2014
President informs campus of Board Secretary transition
In a message sent Wednesday, Dec. 10, President McDavis announced a change in the role of secretary to Ohio University's Board of Trustees.
 
December 5, 2014
President McDavis encourages students to enact change in new blog post
Dr. McDavis writes in his most recent blog post, "The events that are unfolding across our nation concerning grand jury decisions in Ferguson, Missouri, and Staten Island have struck a deep chord for me and for our community."
 

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