September 30, 2022

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Ohio College named new president without consulting faculty senate

When outgoing Ohio University President M. Duane Nellis declared on May 13 that he would step down as head of the university, the board of trustees said it would assemble a national search for its upcoming president and choose an interim in the next handful of times.

In its place, two weeks right after Nellis’ announcement, the board appointed Ohio University’s 22nd president following conference for hours in an government session. It selected Hugh Sherman, former dean of OU’s University of Enterprise, for a two-yr presidential term that will officially commence Monday. 

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The board’s choice to appoint a entire-time president and skip the interim posture arrived as a shock to several in the OU community. While the move certainly is not typical, national authorities say it is really not inconceivable, and may well have happened for excellent cause.