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Miami University Names Finalist For President's Job


Forums will begin next week allowing students, staff, and faculty to meet with the man Miami University has chosen to be its next president.

Gregory P. Crawford is the finalist to become Miami University’s 22nd president. He is currently a Professor of Physics and Vice President and Associate Provost at the University of Notre Dame, where he has also served as the William K. Warren Foundation Dean of Notre Dame’s College of Science.

Current President David Hodge announced in May 2015 that he would be retiring.

The native of Ohio has a bachelor’s degree in physics and mathematics, a master’s in physics and a doctorate in chemical physics, all from Kent State University.

Of Crawford, Miami says:

As Warren Dean at Notre Dame, he has launched and raised endowments for several new research centers, interdisciplinary degree programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level, greatly enhanced undergraduate research participation, and launched a new department. His research interests over the years have included liquid crystal materials, magnetic resonance, optics and bio-optics focused on display and biomedical applications.

You can read Crawford's full curriculum vitae here.

In a statement Chair of the Board of Trustees David Budig says, “On behalf of the trustees, we wish to thank the faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members from all of Miami’s campuses who contributed to this important process. We especially want to thank those who also served as members of the search committee.”

Meet The Candidate

  • Faculty forum: 3:30 p.m. Monday, Feb.15, Oxford campus, Armstrong Student Center’s Wilks Theater
  • Open forum: 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, Hamilton campus, Wilks Conference Center, rooms A & B 
  • Open forum: 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, Middletown campus, Johnston Hall, Knoll Community Center, room 142 
  • Open forum: 9:45 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, Oxford campus, Armstrong Student Center’s Wilks Theater

Miami University trustees could vote to approve Crawford Friday, Feb. 19.

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