After 13 years as Ohio University’s 20th president, I now understand something that few others do — no one individual embodies the office of a university president. Sure, one person is the face and the name behind the title; but the actions that the president takes and the decisions which he or she makes are the product of a more collective effort. The needs and the desires of every student enrolled or person employed at Ohio University as well as the needs and desires of former and future Bobcats are weighed and discussed. Balancing all those needs has always been a real labor of love.
I will forever be grateful to those tireless faculty and staff whose passion for higher education rivaled my own and who spent countless hours chartering the future course of Ohio University alongside me. I will forever remember the laughs with students and the tears shed as they walked across the stage at commencement.
“The circumstances will change as our world continues to evolve, but for 213 years, our academic mission for excellence has never faltered.” President Roderick McDavis
As I prepare to leave my office in Cutler Hall, I look around at the boxes, now-empty shelves and the bare walls. The Office of the President is prepared for a new person to take on the title, but I know that those influences that drive the next president’s decisions still remain. The circumstances will change as our world continues to evolve, but for 213 years, our academic mission for excellence has never faltered. We will always remain true to our values. I am excited for the future that lies ahead for this fantastic University.
Thank you for allowing me to serve as your 20th president. It has been the greatest honor of my life. Continue to reach for your highest star!
Roderick McDavis is the president of Ohio University. His last day is Feb. 17.
OU President Roderick McDavis is leaving February 17. The Post looks back at his time as Ohio's president. Click this box to read the rest of the stories from this issue.