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Ohio U. Faculty Objects to $1.2-Million Purchase of House for President

Faculty members at Ohio University have objected to the $1.2-million purchase of a new residence for the institution’s president, The Athens Messenger reports. More than 80 professors wrote an open letter calling the Ohio University Foundation’s purchase a “poor use” of money.

“At a time when student debt is spinning out of control, and the funding of higher education is in crisis … it makes no sense to undertake such lavish expenditure,” the letter states.

The current residence of the president, Roderick J. McDavis, is the site of a bat infestation that resulted indirectly in an injury to Mr. McDavis’s wife, Deborah McDavis, who broke her foot. But the chairman of the university’s Board of Trustees, David Brightbill, has said the new home is not a “temporary fix” but “an investment that provides the university and the foundation with a number of very interesting possibilities and opportunities for the future development of the campus and our goal for increased donor and alumni-development activities on campus.”

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