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March 17, 2014

Ohio University to break ground on Dublin Integrated Education Center 

Ground will be broken this month on an 86,000-square-foot facility at Ohio University’s Dublin Campus that will house the university’s new Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Practice.

A groundbreaking ceremony will be held March 19, for the Dublin Integrated Education Center, a building that will house Ohio University programs and facilitate academic partnerships with Columbus State Community College and other Central Ohio universities. The new building is going up near buildings that are being renovated for use by Ohio University’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.

The three-story Dublin Integrated Education Center is scheduled to open in April 2015, with Ohio University’s Physician Assistant Practice program scheduled to move into the ground floor soon after.

“We’ve spent more than two years discussing this project, and it is very exciting to see it coming to fruition,” said Randy Leite, dean of Ohio University’s College of Health Sciences and Professions, which initiated the project for the new building and will administer the Physician Assistant Practice program. “I am especially excited about the opportunity to link programs in the College of Health Sciences and Professions with programs at other institutions in Central Ohio.”

The new facility will include an auditorium, library and student lounge, as well as classrooms, labs, conference rooms and offices. Two Columbus-based companies have been key players in the project: the architectural firm Moody Nolan and developer Daimler Group Inc.

“The Dublin Integrated Education Center will extend access and expand opportunities for countless Ohio University students, as well as many educators and professionals in Central Ohio,” said Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis, who will speak at the groundbreaking ceremony along with others involved in the project. “We are very excited about this facility and look forward with much anticipation to the collaborative learning and professional excellence that it will foster.” 

Pam Benoit, Ohio University’s executive vice president and provost, sees the new facility as an opportunity for the university to expand partnerships.

“We are pleased to mark the beginning of construction of a facility that will house innovative professional education programs, starting with the new Physician Assistant Practice degree,” Benoit said. “This state-of-the-art educational facility will allow us to launch other programs and further engage with our partner colleges and universities in Central Ohio.”

The groundbreaking ceremony for the Dublin Integrated Education Center will start at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19. The site is adjacent to 7001 Post Road on the Dublin Campus.

For more information about Ohio University’s planned Physician Assistant Practice program, visit

Contacts: Randy Leite, dean, Ohio University College of Health Sciences and Professions, at 740-593-9336 or; Averell “Tootie” Overby, interim associate dean for strategic initiatives, Ohio University College of Health Sciences and Professions, at 740-593-2624 or

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