Keeping MLK’s Dream Alive at Ohio University


The following remarks were delivered to a crowd assembled at Baker Center on Monday, January 18, 2016, in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day:   Good morning and welcome to the 16th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebratory Brunch! I am humbled to be with you today as we reflect on the life of a man who serves as a symbol for a movement, a belief, and an expectation – that of equality for all. As I walked shoulder-to-shoulder with some of you during the Silent March this Continue Reading

Global events spark gratitude for the Bobcat family

Dear University Community, We live in complex times. Unfortunately, racial tensions continue to plague our nation, and violent acts of terrorism around the world threaten our feelings of personal security. During times like these, it is easy to feel vulnerable, isolated and distrusting of the world in which we live. It is during times like these that the Bobcat family shines brightest. We are privileged to live in a caring and close-knit community that values individuality and diversity. Continue Reading

State of the University (in a nutshell)

Unpacking OHIO Experience

On Wednesday, August 26, I delivered the 2015 State of the University at Ohio University’s Faculty and Staff Convocation. For those who attended our annual kick-off event, THANK YOU! For those who couldn’t be there, a condensed version of my send-off into the 2015-16 academic year is below.  In addition to the standard “To Do” file, the Office of the President also has an “Inspire” file. And every now and then when a really great letter or email comes along – one that really encapsulates Continue Reading

Reflections on OHIO’s new housing complex

OHIO dedicated Carr, Luchs, Sowle and Tanaka Halls, as well as a new living learning center, on Saturday, August 29, 2015.

This past weekend, Ohio University celebrated the grand opening of four new residence halls and a living learning center on the Athens Campus. Below are my reflections on this proud moment in Ohio University history.   The bricks and mortar that comprise Carr, Luchs, Sowle and Tanaka Halls are much more than sleeping quarters for our students. These buildings are a source of Bobcat pride. They enhance the beauty and distinction of our Athens Campus. They honor our growing student Continue Reading

Welcome, Class of 2019!

Class photo

What an exciting time! It seems like just yesterday that I was entering my freshman year of college, just as you are now. I can vividly remember my parents pulling away from Lincoln Hall on move-in day before the first day of classes and wondering what my future at Ohio University would hold. On that day, staring out of the window in Lincoln Hall, I could have never imagined the opportunities that would unfold, the lifelong friendships that would take root, the faculty mentors who would inspire Continue Reading

State budget paves way for The OHIO Guarantee

Ohio’s newly-released biennial budget focuses on state investment in higher education coupled with tuition restraint among colleges and universities. While Ohio University joins the chorus of gratitude for the notable increase in state support, we are especially pleased by the ways in which House Bill 64 supports Ohio University’s visionary cost containment model. With the arrival of the freshman class this August, Ohio University is implementing one of the state’s most innovative approaches Continue Reading

The Promise Lives: OHIO’s fundraising campaign surpasses $500 Million!

Eight years ago Ohio University embarked on the most ambitious fundraising campaign in its history, The Promise Lives Campaign. I am very pleased and proud to announce that on June 30, on the final day of the campaign, Ohio University surpassed the $500 million mark! Working together with a singular focus and the dedicated leadership of our University Advancement team, deans and many others, we have exceeded our stated campaign goal by $50 million. Through the extraordinary support of alumni, Continue Reading

OHIO’s Athens Campus prepares to go tobacco-free

Ohio University’s Athens campus will become tobacco-free beginning in August 2015. In preparation for this milestone, I recorded the following video announcement for use on the University’s Tobacco-Free Initiative website.   In becoming tobacco-free, Ohio University will join more than 1,000 universities nationwide who ban the use of tobacco on their campuses. I hope that you will join me in celebrating a healthier, greener Continue Reading

Celebrating 200 years of OHIO graduates

This year marked the 200th anniversary of OHIO's first graduates.

Ohio University graduated more than 4,300 students during our annual undergraduate and graduate Commencement Exercises on May 1-2. The following is an excerpt from the ceremonies, commemorating the 200th anniversary of our first graduates.    2015 marks the 200th anniversary of our first Commencement. 200 years since our first graduates received their diplomas! As graduates who stand on their shoulders, you are a living testament to the transformative power of an Ohio University Continue Reading

Look for honesty, optimism and open-mindedness when voting for Student Senate

The following op-ed was published in The Post on Monday, April 13, 2015.  Earlier this month, Ohio University recognized the contributions of our student leaders at the 32nd annual Ohio University Leadership Gala. The event led me to think about the many ways in which students have shaped the course of Ohio University over time. In retrospect, I think it’s safe to say that the University we know and love is truly a reflection of our students’ contributions and feedback. Upon our students’ Continue Reading