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September 9, 2011

Ohio University president welcomes faculty and staff 

ATHENS, Ohio (Sept. 9, 2011) – Ohio University faculty and staff celebrated the opening of the new academic year with President Roderick J. McDavis on Thursday at the 2011 Faculty and Staff Convocation.

The theme of the event, "Together, Braving a New Frontier" reflected Ohio's past as one of the United States' first frontiers and the Northwest Ordinance that brought about Ohio University.  The theme also looked to the future, as OHIO faces new challenges.  

McDavis began his State of the University Address by greeting new faculty and staff and acknowledging the interim deans of the Scripps College of Communication, College of Arts and Sciences and the interim vice president for research and dean of the Graduate College.  

As OHIO moves forward, current and upcoming challenges present themselves, McDavis said. 

"Our own university is in a period of great transformation,” he said. “This fall marks the beginning of our last academic year on the quarter calendar system. Much work is taking place to successfully complete our transition to semesters for the 2012 fall opening."  

The University has much to be thankful for and proud of, according to McDavis. Points of pride include recently awarded 1804 Fund grants; alumni gifts, including the $2 million from Bob and Peggy Walter that funded the new Walter International Education Center; the efforts of University Advancement; and others.  

OHIO faces greater competition for the best and brightest students and less state funding to continue the University's efforts, McDavis said. But, these are challenges the University is prepared for. 

The president praised the work of faculty and staff and commended on their investment in helping students achieve their potentials.  

"I challenge any other institution in this country to prove that their faculty and staff are more committed to student success than the faculty and staff of Ohio University," said McDavis. "As we move forward, the secret to our success and the key to how we will continue to pursue our vision to be the nation’s best transformational learning community is that we do it together." 

For more coverage of the 2011 Faculty and Staff Convocation, visit

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