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

Walter Fieldhouse (of Dreams)

The Walter Fieldhouse was dedicated today. Photo by Ben Siegel/ Ohio University

  Opening day of the 2014-15 academic year was punctuated by the grand opening of the Walter Fieldhouse. It was a fantastic honor to mark the opening of Ohio University’s newest facility with so many of the donors who made it possible and so many of the students who will utilize the space.   From early morning R.O.T.C. physical training, to mid-morning football practice, to afternoon classes and late night Marching 110 rehearsal, OHIO’s students will put Walter Continue Reading

New beginnings with the Class of 2018

Selfie with the Class of 2018

Today, I had the honor of welcoming the Class of 2018 to Ohio University at the First Year Student Convocation. O.U. - Oh Yeah! The march from the Convocation through the College Gate (pictured below) symbolizes new students’ official entry into our University family. As first year students expanded their horizons, I expanded a few horizons of my own. This included my first selfie (below), with help from the Class of 2018, and my first tweet, @OHIOPrezOffice. :) Here’s to a Continue Reading

Expanding horizons


Since its founding in 1975, Ohio University’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine has been Ohio’s medical school. Our students are recruited from all over the state; they train at hospitals across Ohio; and nearly 60 percent of our graduates remain in Ohio to practice – especially in areas where primary care physicians are needed most. Yesterday, the Heritage College built upon its historic success of training physicians for Ohio with the opening of its new Dublin campus. The Dublin Continue Reading

Student debt then and now

I’m no stranger to student debt. As a student at Ohio University, I assumed responsibility for half the cost of my college education, with my parents picking up the other half. To cover my share, I worked at the Delco Products factory in Dayton during the summers, as well as several on-campus jobs during the academic year. But my earnings weren’t enough to cover the costs of my college education. So I took out student loans and worked hard to pay those off in the years following Continue Reading

Bobcat Spirit

Student Affairs

You never know what you’ll find at the doorstep of Cutler Hall! Student Affairs drove that point home today with lively team-building exercises down the front stoop. Now that’s what I call Bobcat Spirit! Keep up the great work! Rod Continue Reading