Ohio University Faculty Protest President’s Housing Agreement

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More than 80 faculty members have signed an open letter expressing their discontent with Ohio University’s plan to secure new housing for its president.

The letter states that the $1.2 Million lease-to-own agreement for 31 Coventry Lane is a “very poor use of scarce resources.”

In a press release provided by OU when the agreement was announced on March 19, Ohio University Trustee Chair David Brightbill said, “The decision by the foundation to pursue a lease-to-buy agreement is not about the current president but about the recruitment of future presidents. In recent years, the Board has closely monitored the condition of 29 Park Place, studied trends at other institutions relating to residential requirements of presidents, and anticipated that updating housing policies would be needed to better suit the president and the University.”

The faculty letter says the money could be put to better use by repairing dorms and classrooms that have climate control and pest infestation issues.

To read the entire letter click here: Faculty letter

To see the list of faculty who have signed the letter click here: Faculty signatures