Rod McDavis , PhD

Managing Principal, AGB Search , Washington , District of Columbia

Dr. Roderick (Rod) J. McDavis became the Managing Principal of AGB Search on March 1, 2017 after serving as president of Ohio University for 13 years. Dr. McDavis is responsible for leading and managing all components of AGB Search including Executive Search, Interim Search, and Compensation Evaluation Service. In addition, he is responsible for developing new business opportunities for the firm and attending national higher education conferences to represent AGB Search. He also serves as an executive search consultant for some of the firm’s searches.

Dr. McDavis' recent search experiences include:

University of Minnesota - President,

Suffolk University (MA) -President,

Boise State University (ID) - President,

Seminole State College (FL) - President,

Florida State College at Jacksonville - President,

University of Montana - Provost,

St. John’s University (NY) - Provost,

Columbus State Community College (OH) - Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs,

Virginia Commonwealth University - Vice President for Inclusive Excellence.

Dr. McDavis was the first African American president of Ohio University and only the second alumnus to lead the university during its 214-year history. His contributions included assisting in the development of the state of Ohio’s technology commercialization implementation plan, the state’s first guaranteed tuition plan – the Ohio Guarantee™ – and the first-of-its-kind performance-based funding model in the nation. He developed and implemented Ohio University’s comprehensive strategic plan and was instrumental in the success of The Promise Lives Campaign, which raised over half a billion dollars in support of students and programs.

Some of the initiatives that were started during his tenure include The Urban Scholar and Appalachian Scholar programs, The Interlink Alliance partnership, the Century Bond Debt Management Strategy, the Ohio Innovation Fund, and the expansion of the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine to new campuses in Dublin and Cleveland.