Dr. Roderick J. McDavis (2012)

Dr. Roderick J. McDavis

  • First African American and only the second alumnus to become president of Ohio University
  • Developed and implemented Ohio University’s comprehensive strategic plan and has been instrumental in the success of The Promise Lives Campaign, which raised over half a billion dollars in support of students and programs
  • The Urban Scholar, Appalachian Scholar and the Interlink Alliance partnership programs are some of the initiates developed under his leadership
  • Recipient of Leadership Ohio Award of Excellence; Post-Secondary Outstanding Educator Award from North Central Florida Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa; Black Achiever’s Award of Education from Florida Conference of Black State Legislators, and Person of the Year in Education by the Gainesville Sun
  • Serves on the National Collegiate Athletic Association Board of Governors and the NCAA Division I Board of Directors
  • Chairs the Interlink Alliance of the NCAA Division I Committee on Academics
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