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September 27, 2013

Ohio University president to head new state higher education commission 

Governor John R. Kasich today announced Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis will head the newly formed Ohio Higher Education Funding Commission 2.0.

"It is an honor to be named chair and I welcome the opportunity to lead the Higher Education Funding Commission," McDavis said during a press conference in Columbus. "I thank Governor Kasich and Chancellor Carey for their continued support and confidence in the higher education community." 

In late 2011, Kasich called on the state's 37 public college and university presidents to put aside their traditional process for dividing the state's capital construction budget and to collaborate on a single list of recommended projects that identified the true needs of the entire system. 

That first commission, led by former Ohio State University President Gordon Gee, compiled a list of recommendations for the use of capital funds. The result of this unprecedented process was widely applauded. Continuing that successful model, McDavis will lead a commission of college and university presidents to recommend a list of priority projects for consideration in the new capital budget, the governor said. 

"Our new culture in higher education - where you all collaboratively work to solve some of our greatest challenges - has received national attention and I'm very proud of what we have accomplished together," Kasich said. "I appreciate your leadership over the past several years and we look forward to working with you to build upon what we have achieved to make our higher education system stronger and more unified." 

McDavis said the first commission provided a clear roadmap to follow as the new group of presidents continues with the process of allocating the state's limited capital resources. 

"The $400 million investment of the 2013-14 Capital Budget was critical to the higher education community being able to continue fulfilling its mission and providing a world class learning opportunity," he said. "But there are still many outstanding infrastructure projects that need to be accomplished as we educate today's students and prepare for those to come. I appreciate the governor’s confidence in us and look forward to working with my fellow presidents." 

Contact: Jennifer Krisch, communication specialist, at 740-597-1939 or

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