Ohio State Begins Search for Next President

By Kyle Rowland on July 16, 2013 at 12:15p
Can someone be better than Gordon Gee?

The Ohio State University Board of Trustees announced on Tuesday that the search for a new president is on. Gordon Gee announced his retirement in June and officially stepped down on July 1. 

“The selection of the university’s next president is the most significant responsibility of the board of trustees,” said Robert H. Schottenstein, chairman of the board. “We undertake this responsibility at a time of both enormous importance and promise. The university has real momentum and is ideally situated to attract the next great leader for Ohio State.”

“The academic standing of the entire university, from programs to faculty to students, is at an all-time high and there are a number of exciting and transformative strategic initiatives occurring across campus,” said Jeffrey Wadsworth, Ohio State Board of Trustees presidential search committee chair and president and CEO of Battelle Memorial Institute. “We believe the presidency of Ohio State offers an exceptional opportunity because of the university’s strong positive momentum and the collegial environment in which it operates. We are committed to an open, inclusive and informed search process that attracts a world-class leader.”

The Presidential Search Committee will meet July 19 to set a deadline and outline what qualities they seek in the new chief executive. 

Selection Subcommittee

  • Robert H. Schottenstein, Ohio State Board of Trustees chair and president and CEO, M/I Homes, Inc.
  • Jeffrey Wadsworth, Ohio State Board of Trustees presidential search committee chair and president and CEO, Battelle Memorial Institute
  • Michael Gasser, Ohio State Board of Trustees and executive chairman of the board, Greif, Inc.
  • Janet Reid, Ohio State Board of Trustees and founding partner and director, Global Novations
  • Alex Shumate, Ohio State Board of Trustees and managing partner - North America, Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, LLP

Advisory Subcommittee

  • Deborah Jones Merritt, convener of the advisory subcommittee and the John Deaver Drinko-Baker and Hostetler Chair in Law
  • Cheryl Achterberg, dean of the College of Education and Human Ecology
  • Sarah Adelson, chief of staff of the Inter-Professional Council
  • Leslie Alexander, associate professor in the departments of African American and African Studies
  • Jane Box-Steffensmeier, the Vernal Riffe professor of political science and faculty liaison to the Board of Trustees
  • Michael Eicher, senior vice president for Advancement and president of The Ohio State University Foundation
  • Archie Griffin, senior vice president and CEO of The Ohio State University Alumni Association
  • Richard Hart, chair and professor of the Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • Emily Meyer, chair of the University Staff Advisory Committee
  • Randy Nelson, the Dr. John D. and E. Olive Brumbaugh Chair in Brain Research and Teaching
  • Colin Odden, representative, Council of Graduate Students, and a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology
  • Taylor Stepp, president of Undergraduate Student Government
  • Andrew Thomas, chief medical officer for The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center


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Denny's picture

How does one apply for this job


bodast67's picture

Denny, you just need to get an AP from the receptionist...




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bodast67's picture

I was going to say Archie until I saw this...

Archie Griffin, senior vice president and CEO of The Ohio State University Alumni Association
Advisory Subcommittee




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AndyVance's picture

I actually think Archie is a good, if unlikely candidate. Gordon Gee used to tell the story of hiring now-former OSU Ag Dean Bobby Moser, his first hire as OSU President (the first time): Moser was chairing the search committee for a new Ag Dean, and as such was not a candidate. After interviewing all of the candidates, Gee looked at Moser and said, "Why aren't you a candidate?" and ended up hiring him. Moser served 20 years as Ag Dean.
Perhaps the same thing will happen with Archie, but I'm not heading to Vegas to lay down any bets.

BuckeyePoetLaureate's picture

You'll be happy to know that people on search committees "find themselves" all the time.  Dick Cheney, in fact, was in charge of the committee to find GW Bush a running mate.  SPOILER: he found himself.

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bhsiba99's picture

More like big bow ties to fill ....

GoBucks713's picture


-The Aristocrats!

captain obvious's picture


I'm a friend of thunder is it any wonder lightning strikes me

captain obvious's picture

I agree big shoes to fill

I'm a friend of thunder is it any wonder lightning strikes me

ohhiyo's picture

Anyone will be better than Holbrook, BRAXTON FOR PREZ!

cajunbuckeye's picture

I wish I was eligible for consideration. My "tact" would make the national media weep for the days of Gee. I hope the Board chooses wisely. A charismatic leader, that loves the students, and understands the full value of The Ohio State University. No problem, right?

An angry fan...rooting for an angry team...led by angry coaches

LadyBuck's picture

I think Tressel would make a great university president, not that it is likely to happen. However, he has all the right contacts within Buckeye Nation, and his coach-speak would be far more mild than Gee's straight talk, and he would know what he's saying about sports. As an added bonus, the media uproar would be our way of sticking it to the media and the nation. #TressForPrez

redfox's picture

JT no please no way.

alust2013's picture


...and Michigan still sucks.

Tomc383's picture

Heard an 'informed' rumor today.....Condoleezza Rice....


AndyVance's picture

Let there be NO POLITICAL comments here, but I'd totally take Dr. Rice - she's a brilliant academic in her own right, but more importantly: SHE LOVES FOOTBALL!

(Granted, she has no ties to Ohio State whatsoever...)

741's picture

Hold up, Condie is a Browns fan? Really? Really.

unholy bucknut's picture

This is actually a very valid candidate. Wouldn't make me mad at all.

Hovenaut's picture

I second.

Aside from her obvious credentials, wouldn't it just piss off those folks up north if she was appointed?

AndyVance's picture

Moreover, maybe the fact that she has a degree from Notre Dame would "heal" the "rift" that Gee's "inappropriate" Catholic humor apparently caused... (Damn that still makes me mad.)

741's picture

Mother Superior jumped the gun.

William's picture

Regardless of her political affiliation, the woman is a brilliant academic, would relate well with the Athletic Department (she's a sports junky), and she could probably fundraise like crazy. 

Buckeye Chuck's picture

I think she and Gene Smith were at Notre Dame at the same time.
Rice would be qualified in a broad sense, though she has such a long association with Stanford that I suspect she couldn't be peeled away. Unless, of course, she's always wanted to be a university president.

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AndyVance's picture

While I'm assuming that the aforementioned "informed rumor" was in jest (it was, right???), she was indeed at ND, and I believe at the same time as Gene Smith, and you're right about her long, long association with Stanford. If, however, she truly wants to be top dog at a University - and she's certainly qualified - academic mentality suggests she's got to leave Stanford to do it. It's why you almost never get your first faculty gig at the school where you got your BS, MS and Ph.D. - they believe you've got to get inoculated somewhere else at some point in your academic career.

redfox's picture

I could live with that.

redfox's picture

I could live with Dr. Rice as OSU president.

Idaho Helga's picture

Don't forget Gee is Dr. Gee.   You need someone with excellent academic credentials.  Otherwise we just look like a football school.  They have to deal with occasional uppity faculty too.

OSU_ALUM_05's picture

Is this guy available?

Yeti's have feelings too.

smith5568's picture

I don't care who the new president is, as long as they continue to fundraise and keep the upward trajectory of academics.

Tomc383's picture

Andyv - not jesting.


AndyVance's picture

Wow... That would really be amazing. I'm impressed - keep us posted!

Dr. House's picture

Long live the greatest troll hire in Jim Tressel. 

Denny's picture

My credentials, for your consideration oh great search committee (that I am certain is reading this comment section on an Ohio State Sporting Fan Internet Website):

  • I am a science doctor with the academic credentials needed to interact and collaborate with the faculty
  • I am a university alumnus and love the institution very much; I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in a physical science, demonstrating my sense of humor and well-rounded academic background (thanks, GECs!)
  • I praise Columbus as a great taco city
  • I am not yet 30 and am willing to lead the university for the next thirty years, providing boundless growth and long-term consistency
  • I lived through the riots of 2006
  • I am familiar with the Ohio State University Hospital Emergency Room
  • I can make bulleted lists

Thank you for your time.


Davep160's picture

Anyone but Karen Holbrook again.

Hovenaut's picture

I have a feeling she isn't on anyone's short list.