Dr. Charles J. Ping
Champion for International Education
A gifted teacher and scholar, and tireless advocate for the internationalization of U.S. higher education, Dr. Charles Ping is president emeritus of Ohio University, and a former longtime chairman of the CIEE Board of Directors.
Educated at Rhodes College, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and Duke University, Dr. Ping assumed the presidency at Ohio University following his service as provost at Central Michigan University, and as acting president of Tusculum College.
During his 19 years at Ohio University, Dr. Ping increased enrollments and spearheaded strong fundraising campaigns to turn around a severe decline in enrollment and a critical financial situation. A committed believer in general education fundamentals, he also was attentive to scholarship, research, and service.
Under Dr. Ping’s watch, graduate programs were expanded, and focus was placed on primary research in areas such as avionics, contemporary history, and animal biotechnology. New programs such as sports administration, remote sensing, and international business, and a new College of Health and Human Services also were started.
Dr. Ping’s leadership also was pivotal to expanding the university's international presence. Programs were added in Africa, Southeast Asia, and Japan, and the number of international students on campus topped 1,000. At the same time, Dr. Ping engaged the university in its home region with remote teaching via microwave TV, a children's immunization program, and an art museum on wheels.
With Dr. Ping at the helm, the main campus more than doubled in size when a former state mental hospital was transferred to the university. Retention rates for students climbed to nearly 90 percent, and the university was considered one of America's best higher education buys. The university was awarded numerous state academic and program excellence awards, and also improved facilities with new aquatic and recreation centers.
Upon his retirement as president, Dr. Ping took a year's sabbatical before returning to Ohio University to teach and direct The Charles J. Ping Institute for the Teaching of the Humanities.