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August 28, 2014

President McDavis delivers 2014 State of University address 

In opening his State of the University address, President Roderick J. McDavis reflected on Ohio University's transformation since he first took office 10 years ago.

“Ten years has given me pause to reflect on Ohio University’s story and the chapters that have been added since I assumed office,” McDavis said. “As we gather today, evidence of our growth is all over campus.”

In a speech peppered with University points of pride, McDavis talked about the many transformations OHIO has experienced over the last decade that have enhanced all aspects of the student experience and rank the University in the top 2.2 percent of the world’s higher education institutions for its quality of education. He went on to cite many examples of the transformation that OHIO is effecting in our community and around the globe:

Transforming Affordability – The University is committed to lessening the financial strain on students and graduates. Through scholarship and tuition programs like The OHIO Match, The OHIO Signature Awards Program and The OHIO Guarantee, OHIO is forging creative solutions to college transparency and affordability.

Transforming Roles - OHIO is answering the call of the state and nation by adapting to market demands and filling critical societal needs, positioning the University to make great impact on the future in ways to maintain a strong liberal arts education.

Transforming Boundaries - Through international partnerships and global engagement, OHIO is maximizing research and educational collaborations, growing study abroad and faculty exchange and preparing future leaders for the globalized world into which they will graduate.

Transforming Student Support – The University is enabling student success through the expansion of support services and targeted intervention strategies, making transformational strides toward the vision of a safe, supportive and welcoming community for all.

Transforming Communities - OHIO serves the state and region as an engine of economic growth through the Innovation Fund, which deepens that impact by commercializing research and technologies, which serve to enrich lives and solve real-world problems.

Transforming Lives – The University immerses students in compound social and political issues faced by 21st Century Society on a daily basis. OHIO graduates are better citizens, better leaders, better professionals and better thinkers because of the impact that OHIO faculty and staff have made in their lives.

Transforming our Future - OHIO is committed to focusing its intellectual and creative resources to affect positive change in the world. By supporting transformative education on a state-wide level, the University will continue to elevate Ohio to a place of prominence.

“I take great pride in the accomplishments and strategic direction of the past decade,” McDavis said. “But even more invigorating is contemplating what is yet to come... The question facing forward-thinking leaders of the day is this: How can we best focus intellectual and creative resources to effect positive change in the world?”

The answer, McDavis explained, inspired The OHIO Innovation Strategy, an emerging process for future investment with innovation as a central focus. The strategy identifies areas of strength, impact and collaboration to address significant societal problems.

According to McDavis, four portfolios where the University has strengths have already been identified – Energy, Environment and the Economy; Digitally Connected World; Health and Wellness and Vibrant Societies and Economies. By investing in areas of strength, OHIO will advance its efforts to effect positive change in the region, state, nation and the world, he said.

In closing, the University’s 20th president summed up the driving force behind OHIO’s unprecedented successes and achievements over the past decade – passionate and dedicated faculty and staff.

“If you remember only one thing from today’s State of the University, remember this: Ohio University’s story is your story; these accomplishments are your accomplishments; our transformative learning experience is a direct result of your hard work,” he said. “And it is my hope that having the chance to come together and celebrate all that we have accomplished reignites our passion for the important work that we will do in future years.”

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