ATHENS — Leaders from three Ohio University colleges shared details of their cooperative efforts that serve as a national model for collaboration among the colleges of medicine, health sciences, and public service at meetings of the January Board of Directors this week.
The Board also received updates on new program development and approved capital projects during the meetings. Additionally, President Hugh Sherman provided an update on his five presidential priorities.
The deans of the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, the College of Health Sciences and Professions and the Voinovich School for Leadership and Public Service shared details of the collaboration between the three which enables a range of programs, relationships with external partners and innovative initiatives that act on the social determinants of health.
The reach of college partners, campuses, and networks spans the state and enables a collective vision for a healthier Ohio. Recent efforts that have been highlighted include city-county vaccination clinics at Heritage Hall, partnerships such as the Ohio Center of Excellence in Behavioral Health and the ARC INSPIRE Award, and the expansion of programs existing ones such as community health workers.
Academic planning and strategy update
Executive Vice President and Provost Elizabeth Sayrs provided an update on the University’s academic planning and strategy, with a focus on new program development. This included details on goals and process improvements for new program launches, submissions to the University’s Program Innovation Accelerator, and some recent examples that fill gaps in the University’s program portfolio. to meet market demand.
The Program Innovation Accelerator was launched in 2021 to help break down barriers and provide support for faculty members and departments to develop and implement new or expanded academic programs.
Vice President for Enrollment Management Candace Boeninger provided an overview of preliminary enrollment data in the spring of 2022. She reviewed statewide enrollment trends in 2021 and provided an initial update on the fall 2022 application cycle, as well as progress toward key OHIO enrollment priorities.
The Board approved several new capital expenditures, as well as an addition to the budget for the construction of the Russ Research Opportunity Center.
Approved projects include:
• Russ Research Opportunity Center: The Board approves an additional $1 million for the project, for a total budget of $32 million, to renovate the former West Union Street Office Center. This is to cover previously unforeseen conditions, such as necessary structural reinforcement and additional masonry work.
• Demolition of the Research and Technology Center: This $3.25 million project will fund the demolition of the building and associated utilities, preserving the site for future use as part of the company’s portfolio remodeling initiative. University of Ohio.
• Athens Campus Roof Repair: This $1 million project repairs campus roofs that have become maintenance charges. Priority facilities for project review include the Life Sciences Building, Konneker Research Center, Academic and Research Center, Academic Services Center Building 2, 31 S. Court St., RTV Communications, the Convocation Center and Gordy Hall.
• Peden Tower Roof Replacement: This $600,000 project will address an actively leaking roof on the Peden Tower.
• HVAC Controls, FY22: This $550,000 project will eliminate the highest priority maintenance needs related to HVAC controls across the Athens campus.
Information technology roadmap
Chief Information Officer Chris Ament provided an update on the University’s technology investment roadmap through FY27, including a discussion of the University’s IT strategy and key investments in information and technology planned for this period.
The presentation included information on how the Office of Information Technology is revamping its operations, a roadmap and decision-making framework for major investments, and budget and funding considerations.
Acting Vice President for Finance and Administration Joe Trubacz provided an update on the FY22 budget and forecast, as well as COVID-related revenue and expenses.
Significant changes include updates to the University’s Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund and compensation budgets. The review included an update on COVID-related spending.
Emerging Leadership Academy
Four Ohio University faculty leaders who participate in the Mid-American Conference’s Academic Leadership Development Program presented a new faculty development initiative they are designing and planning to launch. The Ohio University Emerging Leadership Academy will allow approximately 20 early- and mid-career faculty to explore and develop their abilities to become effective academic leaders each year.
Mick Andzulis, associate professor and director of marketing at the College of Business; Char Miller, associate professor and acting director of the College of Health Sciences and Professions School of Nursing; Dwan Robinson, associate professor of educational studies at Patton College of Education; and Alycia Stigall, professor and chair of geological sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, have been selected as fellows for the 2021-22 CMA Academic Leadership Development Program. Their goal is to launch the academy in the fall of 2022.
In other cases, counsel:
• Emeritus status approved for a number of employees upon retirement.
• Suspension of the Master’s program in Financial Economics from the Economics Department of the College of Arts and Sciences. There will be no loss of faculty or impact on current students.
• Passed the Russ College of Engineering and Technology Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering program exam.
• Received an update and visited the new chemistry pavilion.
• Revised the annual report of affiliated entities of the University. These are legal entities separate from the University, formed or operated to support a public purpose consistent with the University’s mission, and created, controlled, or heavily influenced by the University, or that receive significant support from the University.
• Approved the addition of funds to the quasi-endowment of the Faculty and Graduate Student Research Support Fund of the College of Arts and Sciences, which funds research projects by faculty and graduate students throughout middle School.
• Allocation of Century Bond funding that was not used in FY21 to the University’s space portfolio reduction projects to fund deferred maintenance, demolition, site improvements and space, and associated costs to resolve ongoing maintenance issues.
• Approved the University’s Annual Effectiveness Report, which was submitted to the Ohio Department of Higher Education. Public universities in Ohio are required to submit a report annually as part of the state’s efforts to maintain the efficiency of the state’s higher education system.