Dr. Roderick J. McDavis became the Managing Principal of AGB Search on March 1, 2017 after serving as president of Ohio University for 13 years. Dr. McDavis is responsible for leading and managing all components of AGB Search including Executive Search, Interim Search, and Compensation Evaluation Service. In addition, he is responsible for developing new business opportunities for the firm and attending national higher education conferences to represent AGB Search. He also serves as an executive search consultant for some of the firm’s searches.
His recent search experiences include the presidential searches at Suffolk University (MA), Boise State University (ID), and Seminole State College (FL), provost searches at the University of Montana (MT) and St. John’s University (NY), and the vice president for inclusive excellence search at Virginia Commonwealth University (VA).
Dr. McDavis earned his B.S. degree in social sciences in secondary education from Ohio University, his M.S. degree in student personnel administration from the University of Dayton, and his Ph.D. in counselor education from the University of Toledo.
He has held various academic and administrative positions at the University of Florida, the University of Arkansas, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Ohio University.
As the first African American president of Ohio University and only the second alumnus to lead the university during its 214-year history, Dr. McDavis was a tireless ambassador for the university. His contributions included assisting in the development of the state of Ohio’s technology commercialization implementation plan, the state’s first guaranteed tuition plan – the Ohio Guarantee™ – and the first-of-its-kind performance-based funding model in the nation. He developed and implemented Ohio University’s comprehensive strategic plan and was instrumental in the success of The Promise Lives Campaign, which raised over half a billion dollars in support of students and programs.
Some of the initiatives that were started during his tenure include The Urban Scholar and Appalachian Scholar programs, The Interlink Alliance partnership, the Century Bond Debt Management Strategy, the Ohio Innovation Fund, the expansion of the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine to new campuses in Dublin and Cleveland, and Ohio University’s commitment to carbon neutrality.
Dr. McDavis served as chair of the Inter-University Council of Ohio, The Interlink Alliance, and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Committee on Academics. McDavis also served as a co-chair of the Ohio Higher Education Funding Commission 2.0. He was a member of the of NCAA Board of Governors, the NCAA Division I Board of Directors, the Ohio Third Frontier Advisory Board, the Ohio Board of Regents Commercialization Task Force Academia Subcommittee, the American Council on Education Blue Ribbon Panel on Global Engagement, and the Board of Directors of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, among many others.
Throughout his distinguished career, Dr. McDavis has been the recipient of numerous prestigious honors and awards. He was named the 2016 Alumnus of the Year by the Ohio University Alumni Association and he received the 2016 Diversity and Inclusion Medal of Excellence from Ohio University’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion. The Dublin Chamber of Commerce named Dr. McDavis the 2016 Business Person of the Year for his involvement in the creation of the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. McDavis received the University of Arkansas’ Silas Hunt Legacy Award in 2012, which recognizes African Americans for significant achievements or contributions to the community, the state, and the nation. In 2007, Dr. McDavis was one of only six presidents and CEO-level leaders in the state of Ohio to be recognized with a Leadership Ohio Award of Excellence. He was inducted into the Association of Ohio Commodores in 2010.