When Charles Ping first arrived at Ohio University in 1975, the university was experiencing a decline in student enrollment and confronting serious financial challenges.
But rather than focusing on its problems, President Ping instead concentrated on Ohio University's potential. "What attracted me was, essentially, the richness of the campus in people and programs," said Ping.
During the nineteen years that Ping served as president, he guided Ohio University in scholarship, research, and service, and substantially increased the size of the campus through the acquisition of The Ridges.
After Ping announced his resignation in Spring 1993, the April 26 headline in the Columbus Dispatch read "Ping Leaving Ohio University with Big Shoes to Fill."In Ping's 1994 undergraduate commencement ceremony speech, he said, "A university is a link from the past, through the present, to the future." Ping continues to link the university's past to the present in this new book published for the Ohio University Libraries by Ohio University Press.
A Conversation about Ohio University and the Presidency, 1975-1994, is an edited version of the transcript of videotaped interviews recorded in May and June 2011. "It is a conversation between two old friends," said Ping of the series of interviews conducted by Sam Crowl, Shakespearean scholar and now trustee professor emeritus.