Ohio State University took the first steps yesterday to find a new president. Robert H. Schottenstein, chairman of the university board of trustees, named Jeffrey Wadsworth, a fellow trustee, as the head of a presidential search committee. Wadsworth, 63, also is CEO of Battelle Memorial Institute.
Ohio State University took the first steps yesterday to find a new president.
Robert H. Schottenstein, chairman of the university board of trustees, named Jeffrey Wadsworth, a fellow trustee, as the head of a presidential search committee. Wadsworth, 63, also is CEO of Battelle Memorial Institute.
The committee will be composed of two subgroups: a selection subcommittee that ultimately will recommend a new president, and an advisory subcommittee made up of faculty members, student leaders, staff and senior administrators.
Through a university spokeswoman, Wadsworth declined to comment yesterday.
Along with Schottenstein and Wadsworth, the selection group also will include trustees Michael J. Gasser, Janet B. Reid and Alex Shumate. Shumate led the presidential searches that resulted in hiring Brit Kirwan and, most recently, bringing back Gee.
The 13-member advisory panel will be led by Deborah Jones Merritt, an Ohio State law professor. Other advisory committee members are:
Cheryl Achterberg, dean of the College of Education and Human Ecology; Sarah Adelson, chief of staff of the Inter-Professional Council; Leslie Alexander, a professor of African-American and African studies; Janet Box-Steffensmeier, a political science professor and faculty liaison to the board of trustees; Michael Eicher, senior vice president for advancement and president of the OSU Foundation; Archie Griffin, senior vice president and CEO of the OSU Alumni Association; Richard Hart, a professor and chairman of the Department of Biomedical Engineering; Emily Meyer, chairwoman of the University Staff Advisory Committee; Randy Nelson, a psychology and neuroscience professor; Colin Odden, representative of the Council of Graduate Students; Taylor Stepp, president of the Undergraduate Student Government; and Andrew Thomas, chief medical officer for OSUís Wexner Medical Center.
The selection committee will meet for the first time on Friday.
University officials said yesterday that the selection subcommittee likely will ask an executive search firm to help gather candidates, but none has been hired yet.
E. Gordon Gee abruptly retired as president at the start of this month after comments from a December meeting surfaced in which he made jokes about Catholics and other universities.
Gee, who said the comments werenít the primary reason for his retirement, plans to stay as president emeritus.
Details of Geeís compensation package arenít complete, university spokeswoman Gayle Saunders said, but university records show plans to renovate two offices at a cost of $190,000 to house a new suite for Gee.