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Trustees Approve President, Tuition, Vet Med Name Change
Ohio Ag Connection - 06/22/2020

The Ohio State University Board of Trustees elected Kristina M. Johnson, PhD, as the 16th president in university history. President Michael Drake announced in November 2019 that he would retire as president at the end of June. Johnson, who has served as chancellor of the State University of New York (SUNY) since 2017, brings more than 30 years of experience as an academic, business and policy leader. (See separate release.)

Johnson will join the university on Sept. 1, 2020. Rather than appoint an interim president, the board approved an interim administration resolution that names the executive vice president and provost as responsible for the administration of the academic operations of the university, and the executive vice president and chancellor for health affairs and chief executive officer of the Wexner Medical Center as responsible for the administration of the university's Wexner Medical Center enterprise and seven health sciences colleges from July 1 through Aug. 31.

The board also approved new tuition and mandatory fees for undergraduate, graduate and professional students. Tuition for incoming Ohio first-year students will increase 3.9% to $11,518. The new rate will be frozen for these students, who are the fourth class to join the university under the Ohio State Tuition Guarantee. The non-resident surcharge will increase by 3.6% and the international surcharge will increase by 3.4%. (See separate release.)

Trustees approved an interim operating budget for July and August, the first two months of fiscal year 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected revenue sources across the university and medical center such that, by the end of June 2020, officials project a loss of $300 million in revenue. The university is still finalizing its operating budget for fiscal year 2021 to include the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on university operations and the State of Ohio funding levels for state institutions of higher education are still pending. The measure allows the university to continue to advance the academic and financial goals during the period from July 1, 2020 through Aug. 31, 2020.

The board voted to name the University Institute for Teaching and Learning the Michael V. Drake Institute for Teaching and Learning in recognition of Drake's service to the university community as the 15th president. More than 3,500 faculty have participated in the institute's programs since it was established in 2016.

Trustees approved changing the names of the Department of Family Medicine to the Department of Family and Community Medicine (College of Medicine), and the program in Comparative and Veterinary Medicine to Comparative Biomedical Sciences (College of Veterinary Medicine).

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