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This page features Ohio University communication items related to the Office of the President. To view all archived communications, please visit this page . 


March 20, 2017
New president and first lady officially greet faculty, staff and students
Hundreds of faculty, staff and students filled the Walter Hall Rotunda on Friday to greet new president Dr. Duane Nellis and his wife Ruthie. The first couple will begin their official duties on June 12.
 
March 17, 2017
Trustees approve Dublin Campus development plan, discuss updates on tuition, fee changes and capital improvement plan
The Ohio University Board of Trustees discussed a Dublin Campus development plan, tuition and fee changes on regional campuses and in the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Park Place and Small House Planning and an updated capital improvement plan on Friday.
 
March 3, 2017
University community invited to welcome reception for incoming President and First Lady
The Ohio University community is invited to a welcome reception for incoming President Duane Nellis and incoming First Lady Ruthie Nellis on Friday, March 17, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Margaret M. Walter Hall Rotunda on the Athens Campus.
 
February 26, 2017
Meet Interim President Dr. David Descutner
On Jan. 20, the Ohio University Board of Trustees today appointed Dr. David Descutner as interim president of the University, effective Feb. 18, 2017. Find out more about him here.
 
February 22, 2017
Board formally elects Dr. Duane Nellis as 21st president of Ohio University
The Ohio University Board of Trustees appointed Dr. Duane Nellis as its 21st president today in Dublin, Ohio. He will officially assume his duties on July 1.
 
February 20, 2017
Dr. David Descutner assumes interim president role
Dr. David Descutner assumed the role of interim president on Saturday, Feb. 18. He replaced Dr. Roderick J. McDavis, who accepted a position as managing principal and chief executive officer of AGB Search effective March 1.
 
February 16, 2017
Ohio University sends farewell wishes to President and First Lady
The Ohio University community sends its best wishes to President Roderick J. McDavis and First Lady Deborah McDavis as they embark on a new journey after 13 years at OHIO. Their last weeks on campus have included several events to express gratitude and celebrate their legacy at the University.
 
February 13, 2017
Foundation Trustees view unveiling of portraits of president and first lady [PHOTOS]
Ohio University's Foundation Board of Trustees witnessed the unveiling of the official portraits of President Roderick J. McDavis and first lady Deborah McDavis during a private reception on Thursday, Feb. 9 in McCracken Hall.
 
February 8, 2017
Board Chair David A. Wolfort issues message on next step in presidential search
In a message to the OHIO community, Board of Trustees Chair David A. Wolfort announced a Feb. 22 board meeting to vote on the appointment of Ohio University’s 21st President.
 
January 24, 2017
Ohio University announces farewell event and website for President, First Lady McDavis
After 13 successful years, Ohio University President Roderick J. and First Lady Deborah McDavis will say goodbye to the Bobcat Family during a celebratory farewell open house.
 
January 23, 2017
New self-assessment launching Jan. 24 will help departments evaluate accessibility efforts
As part of its ongoing work to guide accessibility and inclusion efforts at Ohio University, the Presidentially Appointed Committee on Disability and Accessibility Promotion (PACDAP) Leadership Implementation Team will launch a departmental self-assessment tool on Tuesday, Jan. 24, to help University departments reflect on their efforts to incorporate accessibility planning into their day-to-day activities and identify resources needed to further those efforts.
 
January 20, 2017
Ohio University Board of Trustees appoints Dr. David Descutner interim president
The Ohio University Board of Trustees today appointed Dr. David Descutner as interim president of the University, effective Feb. 18, 2017.
 
January 5, 2017
Presidential search finalists named
David A. Wolfort, chair of the Ohio University Board of Trustees, announced the four presidential search candidates who will visit the Athens Campus.
 
December 19, 2016
Students, faculty, staff and alumni asked to share how #BobcatsMakePeace
This holiday season, Ohio University is celebrating all of the ways in which Bobcats across the globe are making the world a better place. Whether you are a student, alumni, faculty or staff member, we invite you to share your story on social media using #BobcatsMakePeace through the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 16.
 
December 10, 2016
Newest Ohio University alumni celebrated during Fall Commencement ceremony
On Saturday, nearly 900 Bobcats gathered along with family and friends to be honored at Ohio University’s Fall Commencement ceremony in the Convocation Center on the Athens Campus.
 
November 21, 2016
Gala celebrates OHIO’s international efforts, honors its global champions (PHOTOS)
Members of the Ohio University community gathered last week to celebrate OHIO’s history of excellence in international education and global engagement and to recognize and thank those who have helped to pen that history.
 
November 9, 2016
Ohio University, City of Athens receive Ohio EPA Achievement awards
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced two new recipients of the “Encouraging Environmental Excellence Program (E3) Achievement Level” award: Ohio University and the City of Athens.
 
November 7, 2016
President and first lady host final Urban and Appalachian Scholars Reception [VIDEO]
On Wednesday, Nov. 2, Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis and first lady Deborah McDavis hosted their final Urban and Appalachian Scholars Reception. The annual event gives the scholars an opportunity to visit with the University's first family.
 
October 25, 2016
Cutler Hall bicentennial celebrates those who helped shape Ohio University’s 212-year history
Ohio University’s iconic Cutler Hall celebrated its 200th birthday on Friday, Oct. 21, with OHIO students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends, as well as members of the University’s Board of Trustees, gathered on its lawn under rainy skies to pay tribute to the historic structure and the people throughout the University’s history who helped to build it.
 
October 20, 2016
Longtime Ohio University professor named fall Commencement speaker
Dr. Jenny Chabot, associate professor of child and family studies in the College of Health Sciences and Professions, will address graduates as Ohio University’s fall 2016 Commencement speaker on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 2 p.m. in the Convocation Center on the Athens Campus.
 
October 17, 2016
A message from President McDavis regarding the Bicentennial Celebration of Cutler Hall
Ohio University will celebrate the Bicentennial Celebration of Cutler Hall on Friday, Oct. 21, 2016.
 
October 13, 2016
Class Gateway renovations add accessibility features to iconic campus entrance
Members of the Ohio University community, including alumni, gathered on Saturday, Oct. 8, for the grand reopening of one of the most iconic OHIO symbols: the Class Gateway, which is located off of East Union Street at the entrance to College Green on the Athens Campus.
 
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 14, 2016
Ohio University mourns the passing of Kathryn D. Sowle
The Ohio University community mourns the passing of Kathryn D. Sowle, former University first lady and wife of Ohio University’s 16th president, Claude R. Sowle. She was 84 years old.
 
September 12, 2016
President McDavis and first lady host final fall reception for Templeton Scholars
President Roderick J. McDavis and first lady Deborah McDavis hosted their final Templeton Scholars Fall Reception on Sept. 7. Last spring, the couple announced that they will be leaving their positions on June 30.
 

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