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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 . 

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.
August 31, 2016
President McDavis delivers his final State of the University address
On Wednesday, August 24, Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis delivered his final State of the University address to faculty and staff at the Margaret M. Walter Hall Rotunda.
August 22, 2016
Bobcat spirit on display at Class of 2020 photo shoot
Ohio University's Class of 2020 took the field at Peden Stadium the evening of Aug. 20 for a group photo marking the start of their OHIO journey and only the second year for this new Bobcat rite of passage.
August 21, 2016
Class of 2020 inducted into Bobcat family at President McDavis’ final first-year convocation
August 21 marked a day of firsts on Ohio University’s Athens Campus as members of the Class of 2020 took the first steps on their academic journey at OHIO – and a day of lasts as President Roderick J. McDavis presided over his 13th and final President’s Convocation for First-Year Students.
August 18, 2016
Presidential search committee chair requests local feedback
As the search for Ohio University’s next president enters its second phase, search committee chair David Wolfort requests the public’s help. The Board of Trustees will be holding an Open Forum Tuesday, Aug. 30 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Baker University Center Theater.
August 17, 2016
Faculty, staff invited to attend 2016 convocation
In honor of the start of the 2016-2017 academic year, Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis invites all University faculty and staff to attend the annual Faculty and Staff Convocation.
July 21, 2016
Ohio University SBDC named Excellence & Innovation Center of the Year
Following an enormously successful fiscal year, the Ohio University Small Business Development Center (Ohio University SBDC) was honored with the Small Business Development Center Service Excellence and Innovation Center Award from the Ohio Small Business Development Centers.

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