OHIO Libraries and Foundation Board
Honor Dr. Ping

Ohio University President Ping, steated by chalkboard, 1985
Ohio University President Emeritus Dr. Charles J. Ping teaching a class, 1985. (Photo courtesy of Ohio University Libraries’ Mahn Center)

On Thursday, November 7, the Libraries and Ohio University Foundation Board celebrate President Emeritus Dr. Charles J. Ping and the release of ­­“A Conversation About Ohio University and the Presidency, 1975-1994,” memoirs that detail Dr. Ping’s 19-year tenure as OHIO president.

Jointly published by the Ohio University Libraries and the Ohio University Press, the book is based on a series of videotaped discussions with Dr. Ping about his presidency. Samuel Crowl, current trustee professor emeritus and former chair of the Faculty Senate and dean of University College, joined Dr. Ping for all but the last session, which was facilitated by Doug McCabe, the Libraries’ curator of manuscripts.

As Crowl pointed out at the start of their first conversation, Dr. Ping assumed a number of challenges when he accepted the presidency. “Times were still turbulent on this campus,” Crowl said. “The sixties hadn’t yet stopped.”

But Dr. Ping arrived in Athens with an even-keeled demeanor and clear vision for OHIO. He methodically drafted plans, galvanized teams, and inspired a spirit of collaborative resolve with his humor, optimism, and objectivity. He knew that if he could foster a thriving community, the University would tackle the challenges at hand. And it did.  

The Libraries and the Ohio University Foundation Board are proud to honor President Emeritus Dr. Charles J. Ping, the documentation of his story, and the visionary leadership that he brought to OHIO.

Dr. Ping and his book “A Conversation About Ohio University and the Presidency, 1975-1994” will also be featured at the next Authors@Alden event, which is open to the public, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 5th on the fourth floor of Alden Library.