Retiring Ohio University president leaving job early

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio University’s president will be leaving his job more than four months before the retirement date he originally announced.

The Columbus Dispatch ( ) reports President Roderick McDavis will leave Feb. 17 to take a job as managing principal and chief executive officer of AGB Search. The company helps universities and other higher education institutions find executives.

McDavis earlier said he would step down from the job he has held for 12 years on June 30, 2017. The university president said he wouldn’t have accepted the new job if he believed his early departure would have any negative effect on the university.

The university’s search for McDavis’ replacement began in June. Officials haven’t named any candidates yet.

The Board of Trustees president says an interim president will be named in January.