Vincent and McDavis

Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis and President and CEO of The Osteopathic Heritage Foundations Richard Vincent celebrate the foundations' gift.

Photographer: John Sattler

Vincents celebrating

Vincent and his wife, Karen Vincent, and OU-COM alumna, join in Wednesday's festivities.

Photographer: John Sattler

Executive Staff

OU-COM Dean Jack Brose, Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit, McDavis and Vincent were all on hand.

Photographer: John Sattler

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OHIO celebrates $105 million gift from The Osteopathic Heritage Foundations

Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis, The Osteopathic Heritage Foundations President and CEO Richard Vincent and Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-COM) Jack Brose joined the University community on Wednesday to honor the foundations' record-breaking and transformative $105 million gift to OU-COM.

In recognition of the generous grant, the college will, pending approval by the University's Board of Trustees, be named the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.

All in attendance were quick to point out that this gift will do much more than change the face of OU-COM; it will transform the University and the region.

"It's wonderful to see some many people from across the University come out to celebrate this gift with us," said Brose. "This grant will truly benefit the entire University, not just OU-COM."

Vincent agreed. "I don't think we can truly assess the real impact on the college, the University, or throughout Ohio."

In coming years, more goals of the grant will be realized, creating a widening positive effect.

"There will be expanded research and the new buildings going up will provide jobs," said Vincent. "There will be such a wide impact now and it will be an impact that continues for generations. It will be quite significant."

The Osteopathic Heritage Foundations' gift, the largest gift in state history to an institution of higher education, will be used in part, to create an OU-COM extension campus in Columbus. The campus is slated to accept its first class in August 2014.

The new campus is only one of the most visible results of the gift. Many more will be seen in the advanced research capabilities and services OU-COM will be able to provide.

"We have three major areas we want to address with this grant, and one of them is to bring in world-class researchers," said Brose. "We will bring in people to help in the labs, to train researchers; not only in Ph.D. students, but in medicine too."

This will allow OHIO to expand its already renowned research into diabetes and musculoskeletal diseases. It will also give OHIO a chance to expand its outreach into the community to treat and prevent these diseases.

Many of the future collaborations will be with the College of Health Sciences and Professions in the Academic Health Center.

"We will be able to provide a place on our Columbus campus to people to do research in an urban center," said Brose. "Additionally, our medical students will be able to work with other medical professionals from their first year. It will create an environment that truly reflects their real world experience."

Vincent summed up the optimistic attitude of the crowd during an earlier reception on Wednesday with OU-COM, "Let's get started!"