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October 3, 2011

Athens Mayor and Ohio University President appoint members to Cooperative Work Group 

Athens Mayor Paul Wiehl and Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis have appointed members of an ad hoc work group that will develop a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to formalize a number of collaborative initiatives between the city and the university.  

City of Athens representatives will include: City Service-Safety Director Paula Horan Moseley, Council Member Chris Knisely, City Engineer Andy Stone, and City Planner Paul Logue. 

“The City of Athens and Ohio University have a symbiotic relationship and coordination of many efforts occurs regularly,” said Mayor Wiehl. “The work group will be taking a collective breath as they convene to identify issues of collaboration as they exist at this point in time and to benefit our intertwined future.  I have confidence that the group members assigned to this task will present a quality document for review by me and Dr. McDavis.”  

Ohio University representatives will include Vice President for Student Affairs Kent J. Smith, Jr.; Associate Vice President for Facilities Harry Wyatt; Director of Engagement and Real Estate Management Donna Goss; and Chief of Staff and Special Assistant to the President Becky Watts.  

“Ohio University values its relationship with the Athens community. We look forward to building on the strength of that relationship as we work together to benefit all who live, work, and study in Athens,” said McDavis. “We believe that together we can do more. As the members of our work group come together to formalize the cooperative efforts of the City and the University, we have asked them to explore additional opportunities for partnership in the future.”  

The work group will be co-chaired by Paula Horan Moseley and Becky Watts. Ohio University’s five-year $250,000 financial commitment to the City of Athens for the purchase of a fire ladder truck will be among the collaborations formalized in the MOU.  Mayor Wiehl and President McDavis have asked the work group to complete the MOU by December 31, 2011.

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