National spotlight

In a few moments, I will be heading into the editorial offices of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, the final stop of our 2014 National Media Tour. The past two days have been a whirlwind – but a deeply rewarding whirlwind, to be sure! In addition to Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, I’ve also had the opportunity to meet with reporters at The Washington Post, The Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed. (Quite an impressive line-up, I must say!) Below is an iPhone snapshot of yesterday’s interview with Washington Post Higher Education Reporter Nick Anderson (compliments of Renea Morris, Executive Director of University Communications and Marketing).

Washington Post Interview

It’s been a true pleasure to share our story – a story of triumph in the face of adversity. At a time when many universities have been hindered by the critical budgetary, operational and regulatory challenges facing higher education, Ohio University has thrived. We have emerged from economic downturn as a stronger University. Today, we are revered as a highly sought-after educational partner, an economic driver and one of the nation’s leading public research Universities. As a result, we are expanding our footprint, growing our enrollment and actively addressing societal needs.

I attribute this success to foresight. Over the years, Ohio University has worked strategically and tirelessly to develop comprehensive initiatives to face modern-day challenges and position our University for success. Our story is an example to the higher education community, as evidenced by the national media interest that we are attracting.

Over the course of this two-day tour, the media has taken great interest in initiatives like the Innovation Fund, OHIO’s Strategic Enrollment Management Campaign and, perhaps most notably, The OHIO Guarantee. They want to understand the smart growth principles that fuel our success. They want to understand how we are achieving record applications and unprecedented enrollment amid difficult circumstances and tough economic times.  And it is my hope that they share our story.

Bobcats, each of you plays an important role in Ohio University’s story – a story that is an inspiration to the higher education community… and a daily inspiration to me. Thank you for all that you do to make our Ohio University a national model of success!


Top-10 OHIO Memories

In celebration of 10 years, I’ve decided to implement a little blog tradition. Let’s call it “Ten on the 10th.” On the 10th of each month, I will post a Top-10 list of some sort relating to our University. For starters, here are my Top-10 OHIO Memories:

1) My inauguration in 2004

2) Our campaign goal attainment

3) The opening of the Academic & Research Center

4) The opening of Adams Hall

5) President Obama’s campus visit

6) OHIO’s “Sweet 16″ appearance

7) OHIO’s first Bowl Game win

8) International Street Fairs

9) A Night in Athens event in New York City

10) My first Homecoming Weekend in 2004


Be sure to check back on August 10th for my next “Ten on the 10th.”



A glimpse of what’s coming

With the launch of my new blog, I’d like to take a moment to give you a glimpse of what’s coming…

This isn’t going to be your standard University update. Rather, I’m hoping to provide insights and personal reflections on our great University and my experiences – the ins and outs of my presidency, snapshots of my day-to-day life, recollections of my student days, and occasionally anecdotes from my encounters with you. I’ll post as my schedule permits – every few weeks to be sure, but hopefully more often.

We will have many important discussions in our University community, but I’m also looking forward to mixing in some fun, light-hearted conversations through this blog. I welcome your readership, your ideas and your support as I take this blog – and our University community – onward and upward.


10 years and counting

Dear Bobcats,

As you may know, today marks my 10-year anniversary as President of Ohio University. It’s hard to believe that a decade has come and gone since my first day at the helm of my beloved alma mater. But the anniversary video provided by the Ohio University Trustees at its last Board meeting certainly made it feel real. Take a peek…

Bobcats, thank you for your companionship and support during these past 10 years. What a journey it has been! Just look how far we have come together, as a University community. And yet, we have so much more to accomplish.

In the past few months, I’ve done a good deal of reflecting – and an even greater deal of planning and goal-setting for the future. As my presidency starts its second decade, I remain committed to expanding opportunities for engagement with students, faculty, staff and community members. Through Open Office Hours, Conversations over Coffee with faculty, Bobcat Coffee Hour with students, guest lectureships, and engagements with organizations across campus, I’ve sought to strengthen relationships with our University community. Today, with the launch of my new blog, I’m hoping to further those connections with the addition of yet another line of communication.

Thank you for lending your ear (or should I say, your computer screen) to my first blog post. I’m looking forward to sharing memories, reflections, insights and anecdotes “From the President’s Desk” in future weeks…