As you may know, Jerry Bigham accepted our offer to serve as interim associate dean for research and graduate education following Steve Slack’s transition out of that position on Dec. 31, 2015. Jerry will serve in the position while we conduct a national search for a new associate dean.
Jerry has had a distinguished career at Ohio State and is uniquely qualified to serve in this important position during this leadership transition. He came to the college in 1977 as an assistant professor in soil science and built an outstanding scholarship agenda throughout his career. Jerry has served in a number of administrative positions in the college since 2002, when he was the research coordinator for the School of Natural Resources (now the School of Environment and Natural Resources). He had a successful tenure as director of SENR from 2005 to 2009 and has since served in a variety of capacities supporting the college research enterprise.
Please join me in congratulating Jerry on this appointment! As we work through the national search for the new associate dean for research and graduate education, we will be sharing the position description and opportunities for engagement in the process.—Ron Hendrick