A salute to OHIO’s Urban and Appalachian Scholars

Urban and Appalachian Scholars

The great thinkers, leaders and entrepreneurs of the future can be found in every geographical region of Ohio.  Unfortunately, 50 percent of high school graduates from low socioeconomic status households say that financial burden is the main reason that they do not attend college. At Ohio University, we believe that all exemplary high school graduates should have access to an education that will improve their futures and benefit society. Poverty cannot be conquered without the insight of Continue Reading

Exciting times for OHIO’s College of Arts & Sciences

CAS Awards

A glance at recent student accomplishments serve as proof that these are exciting times for Ohio University’s College of Arts and Sciences! This fall, students from the college of Arts and Sciences discovered a new species of dinosaur in Tanzania. Others excavated the oldest known Native American home site in Southeastern Ohio. Still others traveled to the Kennedy Space Center to assist with an upcoming plant experiment on the International Space Station! The liberal arts Continue Reading

Stand with us against sexual misconduct

Preventing sexual misconduct begins with you… And me… And our entire Bobcat community, working together to promote a safe, healthy and positive environment. Earlier this month, I commissioned the Presidential Advisory Council on Sexual Misconduct. The council formalizes and supports the good work that has been occurring in many of our offices to address and prevent sexual misconduct at Ohio University. The Presidential Advisory Council on Sexual Misconduct demonstrates Ohio University’s Continue Reading

Where Athens meets Cleveland: Celebrating OHIO’s expanding footprint with Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic Celebration

With its excellent health care systems and physicians, northeast Ohio has played a very important role in the success of Ohio University’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. Yesterday, Ohio University joined with Cleveland Clinic to celebrate our partnership and expanding footprint in northeast Ohio, which is marked by the Heritage College’s new Cleveland campus. Here's a snapshot of the celebration: Our affiliation with Cleveland Clinic is a powerful example of the importance of Continue Reading

Bolstering OHIO’s preparedness for Ebola

In light of recent confirmed cases of the Ebola virus in the U.S., tensions surrounding the global health crisis are understandably high. Our thoughts and prayers are with those families and communities who have been impacted and lost loved ones to this terrible virus. While it is extremely unlikely that Ebola will directly affect the Ohio University community, we take our commitment to health, safety and education seriously. To this end, Ohio University is proactively assessing our health Continue Reading

Ten on the 10th: Top-10 reasons to come home for Homecoming

Alumni Gateway

For this month’s Ten on the 10th, here are my top-10 reasons to come back to Athens for our 2014 Homecoming celebration: 10.  Because the hills are alive with the sound of music, brought to you by America’s Best Marching Band: http://www.ohio.edu/compass/stories/14-15/10/marching-110-best-in-land.cfm 9.  Burrito Buggy 8.  Because when you walk through the Alumni Gateway now, it means more. 7.  Because you can’t get great autumn views like this anywhere else. 6.  Now’s Continue Reading

Welcome Home, Alumni!

As an alumnus and president, Ohio University Homecoming holds a special place in my heart. This year’s theme, Bobcat Family Reunion, really captures the spirit of our annual celebration. To be sure, it’s a family reunion you don’t want to miss! As preparations get underway, I wanted to take a few moments to let my fellow alumni know what’s in store… Homecoming 2014 will be a mixture of memories and amazement. Favorite campus spots may still look quite familiar. Your former classmates may Continue Reading

Statement on Student Group Collaboration

Dear Students, Colleagues, and Friends, The events of the past week have been very difficult for many members of our community as well as our alumni and friends. We have witnessed how engaged our students are, and how deeply they commit themselves to issues that are important to them. The manner in which this debate occurred has not altered the values of Ohio University. We remain focused on providing a learning environment that respects and encourages free speech, thoughtful discussion of Continue Reading

Statement on the Student Senate president’s Ice Bucket Challenge video response

Several weeks ago, I challenged the Ohio University Student Senate President in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness for Lou Gehrig’s Disease. She responded on September 2nd with a video urging the University divest itself from any interest in Israel. Ohio University responded yesterday with the following statement:  The role and value of a higher education institution is to foster civil discussions about important and complex issues. To be sure, the Student Senate president in her Continue Reading

Transforming OHIO

The meaningful educational experience that Ohio University students receive is the direct result of our committed faculty and staff. Today, I had the privilege of welcoming faculty and staff to a new academic year at the annual Faculty Staff Convocation, which featured the 2014 State of the University. To view the State of the University, click here. Or, read on for highlights of the many ways that Ohio University is transforming higher education and 21st Century society for the Continue Reading