Executive Vice President and Provost Search - Human Resources at Ohio State
Executive Vice President and Provost Search
The Ohio State University announced May 27, 2021, that accomplished researcher, educator and higher-education leader Melissa L. Gilliam, MD, MPH, will be the land-grant institution’s next executive vice president and provost, effective Aug. 1. Read the announcement on the Ohio State News website.
The Ohio State University conducted a national search for the university’s executive vice president and provost, after the announcement that Dr. Bruce A. McPheron is stepping down from his position as executive vice president and provost at the end of the 2020-21 academic year.
A search committee advisory group was co-chaired by Dr. Susan Olesik, divisional dean of natural and mathematical sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, and Dr. Grace Wang, executive vice president for research, innovation and knowledge enterprise. The committee was staffed by Interim Senior Vice President for Talent, Culture and Human Resources Mr. Paul Patton, and one of the country’s premier executive search firms, Isaacson, Miller, supported the search.
A 19-member search committee is co-chaired by Dr. Susan Olesik, divisional dean of Natural and Mathematical Sciences and Distinguished University Professor, chemistry and biochemistry; and Dr. Grace Wang, executive vice president for research, innovation and knowledge enterprise. The committee is staffed by Interim Senior Vice President for Talent, Culture and Human Resources Mr. Paul Patton. The subcommittee includes the following students, faculty and staff from across the university:
- Co-chair Dr. Susan Olesik, Divisional Dean of Natural and Mathematical Sciences and Distinguished University Professor, chemistry and biochemistry
- Co-chair Dr. Grace Wang, Executive Vice President for Research, Innovation and Knowledge Enterprise
- Frederick Luis Aldama, Distinguished University Professor, Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor in the Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences, and director of LASER
- Carol Bradford, dean, College of Medicine; vice president for Health Sciences at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
- Sarah Cole, JD, Moritz Chair in Alternative Dispute Resolution, Moritz College of Law
- Sarah Danelius, professional student, College of Veterinary Medicine
- Robert Gates, associate professor, Wildlife Ecology and Management, School of Environment and Natural Resources, College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
- Ann Hamilton, Distinguished University Professor of Art, College of Arts and Sciences
- Sam Hodge, professor, Department of Human Sciences, College of Education and Human Ecology
- Ayanna Howard, dean, College of Engineering (will join search committee upon arrival at Ohio State)
- Daniel Lesman, undergraduate student, College of Medicine
- Raymond Noe, professor, Department of Management and Human Resources, Fisher College of Business
- Alison Norris, associate professor, Division of Epidemiology, College of Public Health
- Tim A. Rehner, dean and director, Ohio State Lima; professor, College of Social Work
- Gene Smith, senior vice president and Wolfe Foundation Endowed Athletics Director
- Chrissy Sprouse, HR consultant, Office of Human Resources; chair, University Staff Advisory Committee
- Devin Swiner, graduate student, College of Arts and Sciences
- Liz Webb, undergraduate student, John Glenn College of Public Affairs; chief of staff, Undergraduate Student Government
- Paul Patton, interim senior vice president for talent, culture and human resources (staffing on behalf of the Office of the President)
The Ohio State University seeks a strategic, collaborative, values-driven, and innovative leader to serve as its next executive vice president and provost. As part of a new administration, the provost will join a team that is committed to leading changes, nurturing interdisciplinary opportunities, and working as one university to further Ohio State’s 150-year history of excellence. View the full position description.
The search process will include the following key activities:
Phase 1 (January 2021 – Early Spring 2021)
- The search committee will hold listening sessions to solicit feedback from the university community about the qualities, skills, attributes, and experiences desired in a candidate.
- The community is encouraged to provide input and comments as well as candidate nominations. The search committee will use the feedback to inform evaluation criteria and the search process.
- The search committee and Isaacson, Miller will engage in an extensive recruitment effort to attract a diverse pool of candidates with the experience and skills required to move Ohio State forward as a leading national public research university.
Phase 2 (Early Spring 2021 – Early Summer 2021)
- The search committee will review the most qualified candidates and identify a subset of semifinalist candidates to interview.
- Finalist candidates will be invited for confidential interviews with a small group of university leaders.
The search committee will work with Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm with extensive networks and experience in higher education leadership.
Isaacson, Miller (IM) was founded in 1982 to recruit exceptional leaders for nonprofit organizations. The firm conducts more than 300 senior-level executive searches annually and has completed more than 7,000 searches since its founding.
IM’s higher education practice is one of the nation’s largest and most comprehensive; it accounts for more than half of their work. IM’s experience with some of the nation’s leading public and private research universities includes searches for chief executive officers, as well as a range of senior academic and administrative leadership. They also work across the spectrum of organizations with public and civic missions, and the breadth of their experience is a strength and distinguishing feature; they are able to reach broadly across an extensive network of contacts for possible sources and candidates in their searches. They are also committed to intentionality in their approach to ensuring that diversity and inclusion are at the forefront of their professional efforts.
The firm is majority women-owned employee-owners located in offices in Boston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.