Ohio University's outgoing president, Dr. Roderick McDavis, details his future plans & hopes for OU's next leader.

McDavis to Leave Ohio University in February for New Position

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Outgoing Ohio University President Roderick McDavis will be headed to Washington D.C. to serve as a new managing principal at AGB Search. McDavis’ last day at Ohio University will be February 17, 2017.

AGB Search is an executive search firm specializing in “search, interim search, compensation evaluation and  leadership transition assistance to public and private higher education institutions,” according to a news release announcing McDavis’ new position with the firm.

In March 2016, McDavis announced he would be stepping down as president of OU at the end of his contract in June 2017.

“This opportunity with AGB Search came forward faster than I expected it to and Deborah and I did not feel it was a position I could turn down,” McDavis said in an Ohio University news release.  “I would not have accepted this position if I did not have the full support of the Board of Trustees or if I felt it would negatively impact or destabilize the university in any way. We have a very strong team in place from faculty to staff, administrators, deans, and executive leadership and the university is poised in a very strong position of continued success.”

An interim president will be named during the Ohio Board of Trustees’ meeting in January while a search for the university’s 21st president continues, according to Ohio University Board of Trustees Chair David Wolfort.

McDavis, who is the first African American and only second alumnus to hold the position, served as president for 12 years.