The Board of Trustees of Ohio University is meeting on the Chillicothe Campus Feb. 7-8. The board annually holds its winter meeting on the university’s regional campuses, reinforcing he bond and shared mission between the various campuses of the university.
“We are six campuses, but one university,” President Roderick J. McDavis said at a Thursday dinner in the Child Development-Family Service Center. “It is evident that the Ohio University vision is alive and well on its regional campuses.”
“I am always impressed by the connection that the regional campuses have to their communities. We are part of Appalachia. That is whom we are; it is part of our DNA,” President McDavis said.
President McDavis noted that the main campus in Athens and the five regional campuses are drawn together by a shared mission.
“The single most important thing we do at Ohio University is educate students. That is job one,” he said.
OU-C Dean Martin Tuck said that the Child Development-Family Service Center illustrates the essence of the Chillicothe Campus’ ties to its community.
“This center illustrates the power of having campus and community partners with a shared goal and vision. With the Child Development Center, that common vision has always been about improving the quality of life for families of this very special region,” Dean Tuck said.
The center, which opened in January 2007, has been an extremely successful partnership with approximately 300 children and five local agencies utilizing the facility.
“The center’s programs allow these children and their families to see the value of education,” Dean Tuck said. “It would be very fulfilling if, in the future, several of these youngsters would return to campus as college students pursuing their goals at OU-C.”