2019/10/04 – Quanetta Batts is making a lasting, positive impact on everyone she helps - Human Resources at Ohio State

Quanetta Batts is making a lasting, positive impact on everyone she helps

When Program Director of Outreach and Engagement Quanetta Batts went to her University Libraries supervisor with a desire to do more community outreach three years ago, she opened the door to her passion of helping others and is leaving a lasting impact in the community.

No day is the same for Quanetta, as her responsibilities at the libraries range from running the outreach and engagement efforts to managing large scale events and internal programming. Her true passion is making connections with people and helping in whatever way she can.

One of the major programs Quanetta coordinates is the Expanding Visions Foundation (EVF) community partnership which brings high school students to Ohio State for a summer internship. Prior to starting the internship, students must complete EVF’s Career Institute. The goals of the program are to give students hands-on work experience, provide visibility to academic libraries and college life, and identify strategies and opportunities to succeed.

“We want them to be successful in anything they do, whether it’s at Ohio State or not,” Quanetta said. “I know that we’ve had a positive impact with our interns, and we want to keep making a difference, even if it’s one student at a time. The students have also had a positive impact on me and my colleagues who participate as supervisors and mentors for the program.”

To better the relationship the library system has with other local nonprofits and make service more accessible to her colleagues, Quanetta created a system that encourages library employees to visit organizations like the Mid-Ohio Foodbank and Big Brothers Big Sisters as representatives of Ohio State libraries.

“I love being able to bring more people into supporting the community,” Quanetta said. “I had been volunteering for a while, but now I have the opportunity to encourage others to also make a strong and lasting impact in the community.”

Quanetta also contributes her time and expertise to mentoring administrative professionals on campus. Serving as president of the Ohio State Administrative Professional Group, she inspires her colleagues by bringing in speakers, coordinating professional development opportunities and helping them look for ways to be more effective and efficient.

“Specifically, I love mentoring the women in this group because I would not be where I am today without the strong women I had mentoring me,” Quanetta said.

Quanetta and University Library employees at Mid-Ohio Foodbank.
Quanetta and other University Library employees volunteering at the Mid-Ohio
Quanetta speaking at IDEAL 2019 conference.
Quanetta welcoming over 650 library employees to the 2019 IDEAL conference.


As she continually innovates and creates new ways to run programs and engage with the community, Quanetta is encouraged by the “fail forward” philosophy and a culture of accountability that is reinforced by leadership.

“It’s never a failure, always a learning experience, and this encourages me to think outside the box and find new ways to do my job,” Quanetta said. “No matter what we try or get involved in, you will always see the leaders participating with the rest of the staff.”

This kind of leadership support within University Libraries and across Ohio State has been an attribute Quanetta has recognized and valued throughout her time at the university.

“When I came here eight years ago, I was instantly welcomed into the Buckeye family,” Quanetta said. “The network of experience at this university is second to none, and no matter who I call, someone is always willing to help.”

Being a part of that Buckeye family and experience is a point of pride with Quanetta and inspires her to serve the university and protect the legacy it has established.

“I see myself as a part of the legacy and the tradition that is educating future world leaders and inspiring future generations,” Quanetta said. “I am proud to have the ability to strengthen that legacy.”

For her dedication and incredible work for the university, Quanetta was recognized with a 2019 Distinguished Staff Award.

Share this page

  • Facebook logo
  • Twitter logo
  • LinkedIn logo
  • Yammer logo
  • Google+ logo
  • Reddit logo
  • RSS logo


New Time and Attendance Standards

Human Resources has outlined time and attendance guidance for university employees. The guidance provides expectations for documenting: time worked, meal periods, paid breaks, start times and tardiness, unplanned absences, approving time worked and accountability.

Career Roadmap resuming development with 2022 launch timeline

Following the pause for Workday implementation, Career Roadmap is resuming activity with a new launch date in early 2022. When launched, Ohio State’s Career Roadmap will be a new approach for hiring, compensating and developing staff.

What you need to know about fraudulent unemployment claims

In the past year, the number of fraudulent unemployment claims filed in the United States has dramatically increased. This is not an issue that is unique to the state of Ohio. However, Ohio State employees need to be aware of the threat and know how to access the resources available.

Ten revised HR policies in effect January 3, 2021

These Human Resources policies have been revised: Reduction in Force Classified Staff, Reduction in Force Unclassified Staff, Staff Severance, Staff Employment, Student Employment, Background Check, Military Leave/Reemployment Rights, Paid Time Off, Staff Recruitment and Selection, and Unpaid Leave.

Updated election process for Supplemental Retirement Accounts

Upcoming system upgrades and policy revisions will impact the timing of new and revised elections to Supplemental Retirement Accounts (SRA) as of January 4, 2021.


Ohio State voted ColumBEST top employer

For the eighth consecutive year, The Ohio State University was named the (614) Magazine ColumBEST Top Employer. The special edition of the local Columbus magazine recognizes the very best our city has to offer.

Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs 2021

For the seventh year in a row, Ohio State’s Office of Student Life has been named one of the Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs by ACPA-College Student Educators International and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.

Tuition assistance enrollment window for summer semester ends May 14

Applications will be required each applicable semester to receive faculty and staff tuition assistance. Eligible faculty and staff can apply in Workday (recommended) or with paper forms. The enrollment window for summer semester 2021 ends May 14, 2021.

New enrollment requirements for tuition assistance begin summer semester

Applications will be required each applicable semester to receive faculty and staff tuition assistance and dependent tuition assistance. The enrollment window for summer semester 2021 is March 22-May 14, 2021.

Staff Career Development Grant online applications accepted until March 31, 2021

Applications for the Staff Career Development Grants will be accepted from March 1 until March 31, 2021. Eligible staff can apply for $1,250-$2,000 for professional development opportunities occurring between May 2021 through September 2021.
News Home