Congratulations and best of luck to Dr. Bruce A. McPheron on his appointment as executive vice president and provost at The Ohio State University on Wednesday, June 1.
Dr. McPheron, who had been serving in that position on an interim basis, was vice president for agricultural administration and dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences for three years.
The university conducted a national search to replace Provost Joseph Steinmetz, who became chancellor at the University of Arkansas in January.
“Bruce is a nationally recognized researcher, teacher and leader whose commitment to academic excellence and community engagement runs deep,” University President Michael V. Drake said in an email announcing the appointment .
Dr. Lonnie J. King will continue to serve as acting CFAES dean while the university conducts a national search to find a successor to McPheron at the college.
King took over the position last month from Dr. Ronald Hendrick, who is leaving Ohio State to become dean at Michigan State University’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
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See the note from President Drake below.
Dear Faculty, Staff and Students:
After a national search, I am pleased to share that Bruce A. McPheron has accepted our offer to serve as the executive vice president and provost at Ohio State, effective today.
As our chief academic officer, he will work alongside faculty, staff and students to help ensure that the university continues to advance its national influence and impact in multidisciplinary research, cutting-edge teaching and learning initiatives, and exemplary community and civic engagement.
For the past six months, Bruce has served as our interim provost. Previously, he led the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) for three years as vice president for agricultural administration and dean. Bruce is a nationally recognized researcher, teacher and leader whose commitment to academic excellence and community engagement runs deep. He is a member of the Discovery Themes executive team as well as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and has served as chair of the Policy Board of Directors of Agriculture for the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.
I want to thank our university community for providing important input through the listening sessions organized by the Provost Advisory Committee, chaired by Lonnie J. King. Lonnie will continue in his role as acting dean of CFAES as the university begins a search for a permanent incumbent. Please join me in congratulating Bruce, and enjoy the summer!
The Ohio State University
Michael V. Drake, MD