Members of the Ohio University-Chillicothe community,
I would like to welcome all members of the OU-C community, both returning members and newcomers, to the opening of the 2009-10 academic year. Building on the campus’ recent success and ongoing initiatives, this promises to be an especially exciting time in the life of your campus.
In a quick glance back, OU-C enrolled more than 2,000 students during 2008-09, which is the highest number of undergraduate students at OU-C in at least 10 years. Further, the Chillicothe Campus was third among 24 regional campuses statewide in terms of enrollment growth.
In looking forward, the ongoing Parkway Project provides a new look to the front of campus that captures the vibrant learning community that exists on campus. The project is scheduled for completion this fall, and a ribbon-cutting will be a part of OU-C Day on Nov. 12. More details will be forthcoming.
This is your campus and you should take pride in its accomplishments and its future. As the first regional campus in the state, OU-C has a legacy of being a leader in higher education. That same forward-thinking, optimistic approach that led our predecessors to establish this campus exists today.
The Chillicothe Campus is a learning community in every sense of the term. The spirit of cooperation and friendship that makes this area such an outstanding place to live distinguishes our campus as an exceptional place to pursue a college education.
Students, as you face challenges, reach out to others for help, including fellow students, faculty and staff members. More than just classroom teachers, our faculty members take pride in serving as mentors to our students. We realize you are making sacrifices to attend OU-C and pursue your ambitions. We take your success seriously and are here to help.
In closing, I look forward to an outstanding year in the life of the state’s first regional campus and a vibrant learning community on the move.
Richard Bebee, Dean