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.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKFKGuBkgRM   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

Rolling out the 2014 President’s Report

Ohio University is transforming lives in many meaningful ways. This has been firmly demonstrated through the 2014 Presidents Report, which provides a small glimpse of our remarkable progress during the past calendar year.   Through the creation of two new extension campuses, we are forging new gateways to student success. Through The OHIO Guarantee, our new tuition and fee model, we are pioneering new measures to help families budget for the cost of a college education. From Continue Reading

Congrats, Distinguished Professor France!

Earlier tonight, a cross-section of Ohio University faculty, staff and students came together for Ohio University’s Distinguished Professor Lecture and Portrait Unveiling. We gathered, in part, to hear our 2014 Distinguished Professor Christopher France discuss his work to prepare blood donors for a lifetime of giving. We also came to honor Dr. France – who embodies the outstanding scholarship and innovative research for which Ohio University’s faculty members are revered. It was during Continue Reading

Protecting Athens’ integrity during spring festival season

As spring approaches, Mayor Wiehl and I are making concerted efforts to remind students and community members about our shared responsibility as members of the Athens community. The integrity of our beloved community hinges upon the conduct of our residents. To this end, we are stressing the importance of making intelligent decisions throughout the spring festival season. In an effort to ensure the safety of our community, we will be ramping up our law enforcement presence during festival Continue Reading

Founders Day 2015: Exploring the remnants of our past

Each year, we revere February 18th as an opportunity to reflect on Ohio University’s long legacy of excellence. 2015 marks 211 years since the Ohio General Assembly approved charter plans for the establishment of Ohio University. Perhaps even more notable is the fact that 2015 marks the 200th anniversary of our first Commencement in 1815. Ohio University’s Class of 1815 comprised only two graduates -- Thomas Ewing of Lancaster and John Hunter of Circleville. I imagine their student Continue Reading

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – Where do we go from here?

In 1968, I was a student at Ohio University.  Certainly, life was much different than it is now, but the national consciousness seemed to be gaining momentum, moving toward equality.  Then, on April 4th, 1968, a shot was fired and it felt like America had just shuddered to a halt. The grief and numbness we felt following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was bottomless.  Only four years earlier he had received the Nobel Prize for Peace for his work, and then he was Continue Reading

A flood of memories, A day of remembrance

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A few months ago, a photograph by Ken Steinhoff caught the attention of one of my staff members. The photo depicted a large crowd of Ohio University students gathered in front of the old student center on April 7, 1968 – the day proclaimed by President Lyndon B. Johnson as a national day of mourning for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. She navigated through the sea of faces and focused my attention on the obscured image of a young man in the crowd. “Is that you?”   It is remarkable Continue Reading

Campus Conversations: Racial Dynamics and Inequality

During Fall Semester, events in Ferguson, Cleveland and New York City sparked activism across the nation, including peaceful activism here on Ohio University’s Athens Campus. I said it before and I’ll say it again: I applaud the constructive efforts by our students to encourage real discussions about the issues of race, equality, and diversity. Such discussions are critical to social equity and cultural understanding, and they are an integral part of the educational mission at Ohio Continue Reading