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June 19, 2017
President M. Duane Nellis wraps up a busy first week at OHIO
A new era began at Ohio University on June 12, as the OHIO community welcomed its 21st president, M. Duane Nellis, Ph.D., on his first day. Monday kicked off a busy week for President Nellis, who took the opportunity to interact with new Bobcats and their parents during Bobcat Student Orientation, as well as explore other activities happening on the Athens Campus with students, faculty and staff.
June 14, 2017
OHIO wins Deshpande Symposium’s 2017 Excellence in Student Engagement in Entrepreneurship award
The Center for Entrepreneurship at Ohio University, a partnership between the College of Business and Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, was named the winner of the 2017 Deshpande Symposium Award for Excellence in Student Engagement in Entrepreneurship.
June 12, 2017
Photos capture memorable moments from President Nellis’ first day
From obtaining his University ID to greeting students and parents attending Bobcat Student Orientation, Ohio University's 21st president, Dr. M. Duane Nellis, marked the beginning of his OHIO journey on Monday, June 12.
First Day as Ohio University President for Dr. M. Duane Nellis
A native of the Pacific Northwest, Dr. Nellis has a progressive and broad career in higher education He has served as president at Texas Tech University and the University of Idaho as well as provost at Kansas State and dean at West Virginia University. Dr. Nellis and his wife, Ruthie, look forward to a year of firsts as they settle in to make Athens their home and celebrate the successes of Ohio University.
Ohio University joins national climate change initiative
Ohio University President M. Duane Nellis has signed a commitment to the international community to endorse actions being taken at local and state levels to address climate change in support of the Paris Agreement.
June 10, 2017
Tom Davis named Interim Vice President of Advancement and Interim President/CEO of The Ohio University Foundation
Ohio University has named Dr. Tom Davis the University’s Interim Vice President of Advancement and Interim President/CEO of The Ohio University Foundation. Dr. Davis, who has more than three decades of experience in higher education, will officially join the Advancement team on Friday, July 7.
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.

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