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Letter from the Board of Trustees Chair

June 23, 2016

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David A. Wolfort, Chair

Dear Friends of Ohio University,

Only 20 times in 212 years has something of this magnitude occurred at Ohio University. The search for our 21st president is an historic time for OHIO and the excitement felt by our students, faculty, staff and alumni is palpable. We all share the same high hopes for this institution and finding a proper leader to propel us forward is paramount to our continued success.

As chair of the Board of Trustees, I am proud to be tasked with leading the search for our next president. Due to an understandably high level of interest in the process, we have created this website to keep our Bobcat family abreast of the latest developments. The content will be updated frequently, so check back often to receive the latest news!

Transparency throughout every step of this process is vital to ensure the public’s confidence in the legitimacy of our selection. It is the sincere intention of the Board to engage the university community in this process. We have gone to great lengths to guarantee the search committee is made up of individuals from all facets of university life: faculty, students, alumni, Senates, Deans, staff, regional campuses, trustees and the community.

Additionally, the final candidates will be invited to campus to meet with the community in multiple public forums. The Board believes this interaction is crucial for the candidates to determine their own personal suitability for the job, but more importantly for the University community to ask questions and see for themselves which candidate will make the best addition to our family.

We are fortunate to have been given ample time to conduct this search and thankful to outgoing President Roderick J. McDavis for his foresight and thoughtfulness in giving us 16-month advance notice. It is our goal to have a new president selected prior to Dr. McDavis leaving office at the end of his contract on June 30, 2017, in order to guarantee a smooth transition.

Again, this is an exciting time for Ohio University! I look forward to watching this historical journey unfold with each of you.


Your Fellow Bobcat,
David A. Wolfort (Class of 1974)
Chair, Ohio University Board of Trustees