Kent State, Ohio University Form Partnership for Future Collaboration

Kent State University and Ohio University will be rivals on the gridiron Saturday to kick off both schools’ football seasons, but the presidents of these conference foes have announced plans to be teammates in future educational collaborations.

Kent State President Beverly Warren and Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis have known one another and worked together for many years, dating back to their time at Virginia Commonwealth University.  

With Warren and McDavis now in leadership roles in higher education in Ohio, their diverse university communities are aligned for strategic collaboration in such areas as student success, research, community engagement and economic development. They will now continue their long-standing partnership with the goal of developing a strong alliance between the institutions.

Similar in size, Kent State and Ohio University together boast nearly 80,000 students including those attending the schools’ regional campuses and online classes.  

“We have common goals in enhancing student success and preparing students to become the leaders of tomorrow’s global workforce,” Warren said. “When we look at the strengths and unique programs of each university, I am confident we will identify strategic partnerships that will create tremendous opportunities for students from both schools to excel.”

“Bev and I know how to collaborate to get things done,” McDavis said. “So this commitment is a natural byproduct of our relationship that can offer exponential benefits. With each university having a solid history of independent accomplishments, I’m looking forward to experiencing what we can accomplish by working together.”

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Media Contacts:
Kent State
Eric Mansfield,, 330-672-2797
Emily Vincent,, 330-672-8595

Ohio University
Stephanie Filson,, 740-597-1793


POSTED: Friday, August 29, 2014 04:34 PM
Updated: Saturday, December 3, 2022 01:02 AM
Eric Mansfield