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Cathie Chancellor
Risk Manager
136 University Service Center
email ♦ (740) 597-1298

Risk Management exists in order to support the strategic objectives of the University. We are dedicated to this goal and pursue it by identifying potential large risks before they occur, and through the transfer of these risks by means of appropriate financial mechanisms. Working closely with University staff and the membership of the Presidential University Risk Council, Risk Management seeks to fulfill the University’s educational mission.

Risk Management seeks to identify all types of risk confronting the enterprise of the University. Such an approach is referred to as “enterprise risk management.” Traditional risk management focuses upon risk that can be addressed with insurance and loss prevention efforts. We seek to go beyond the conventional school of thought by including all of the core risks which might threaten the institution. Included among these risks are those which stem from a lack of compliance with laws and regulations of all sorts, as well as the risks associated with operating basic university services-dining, residence halls, transportation, facilities management, and campus security. Also of concern are those risks which might damage the reputation of the University or which might threaten its finances, due to economic dislocation. In short, we are focused upon the compliance, operational, reputational and economic risks faced by the enterprise of Ohio University, that is, its CORE risks, in order to negate them in advance of a catastrophic loss. We examine how each of these categories of risk interacts, with the assumption that everything is related to everything else.

Although divisions work well within their own walls, there may be times when optimal lines of communication to other parts of the institution are filtered or even overlooked; we seek to build and support bridges of communication, so that risks can be managed more effectively. As a result, the organization is better able to visualize a threat before it occurs.

Since we are all responsible for preserving our scarce resources, risk management is everyone’s business. To this end, please feel free to explore our site and take advantage of any insight that it might provide to you. Hopefully, it will give you what you need.

I am available to assist you with your risk management challenges and encourage you to contact me if you have a specific request. You can reach me at (740) 597-1298.


Dear Colleagues,

As many of you know, risk management is an ongoing, year-round process for OHIO, as evidenced by its many Risk Management Initiatives. This year on November 7-11 the university will, once more celebrate “Risky Business Week” or the University Risk and Insurance Management Association’s (URMIA) Risky Business: A Week Focusing on Risk Management’s Contributions to Higher Education. Each year the focus of Risky Business Week is to build awareness of how risk management can continue to provide innovative and effective solutions to the challenges facing institutions of higher education in the pursuit of their academic, social, and economic goals. In furtherance of this valuable work and in support of URMIA’s Risky Business Week, OHIO will join in the celebration by participating in a series of dedicated live webinars. The webinar series will be hosted by the premier forum for higher education and risk management, which helps program participants learn from experts and forward OHIO’s mission in the most risk-savvy manner! Although Risky Business Week is fast approaching the 2016 link to live webinar registration is below. Once the 2016 webinar events have concluded please check back, in case you’re unable to participate live, for PDFs or other resources and materials to soon be made available to you through this website. Postings should occur toward late November!

To Register for Risky Business Week 2016:

URMIA Risk Management Week Webinar Registration

Previous Presentations Available through URMIA

Risky Business Week 2015:

Managing Risks with Student Groups

Mitigating Travel Risks with University Policies and Procedures

Can it Begin with Me? Risk Leadership on Campus

Lab Risks: The Role of Risk Assessment within the Risk Management Paradigm

Data Breach 201

Remember: Risk management on college campuses is everyone’s job. Risky Business week helps to encourage stakeholders to work with their staff and risk managers to create a culture of risk management that spans the entire year.

Thank you for your time and attention toward managing risk each day!

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