Ohio University — President

Ohio University invites applications and nominations for the position of President. The university’s 21st President will succeed Dr. Roderick J. McDavis, who will be retiring in June 2017 after 13 years of distinguished and transformative leadership. Ohio University – established in 1804 and one of the nation’s first and most historic universities – is a teaching-focused, student-centered, research institution of over 40,000 students served on multiple sites throughout the state (with the main campus located in southeastern Ohio). The university extensively supports scholarship, as well as economic development and commercialization endeavors, and is known for many nationally/internationally recognized research and graduate programs.

The university is seeking an experienced leader with the vision and leadership qualities to build on the institution’s already illustrious reputation and continue to develop it to even higher levels of academic and research excellence, student success, and community and global impact. The exceptionally qualified and committed faculty, staff, and students are very proud of Ohio University’s continued achievements and its reputation for providing students with the nation’s best transformative learning community.

The new President must express a passion for the mission of public education and understand the important social and economic roles Ohio University plays in the region and state. The new President must be able to eloquently articulate the institution’s values to diverse audiences both through written and verbal communications; serve as a persuasive advocate for the university at the state, national and international level; and lead efforts to raise new resources from the university’s many and broadly-based constituents.

Ohio University’s next President will have the unique opportunity to lead a vibrant, innovative, and stable university towards future successes, to work directly with an outstanding Board and senior leadership team and to reside in a beautiful region of southeastern Ohio.

Confidential inquiries, nominations, and expressions of interest should be directed to John K. Thornburgh, Dennis M. Barden or Melissa Fincher at OhioUniversityPresident@wittkieffer.com. Please note that while every effort will be made to preserve candidate confidentiality until after the search is completed, this process is subject to the Ohio open government laws.

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