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Alutto to serve as Ohio State interim provost

The Ohio State University has named Joseph A. Alutto, dean of the university's Max M. Fisher College of Business, to serve as interim executive vice president and provost. Pending approval by the Board of Trustees, he will assume the role on July 1, when current Provost Barbara R. Snyder becomes president of Case Western Reserve University.

"We are fortunate to have a leader of Joe's experience step forward to help lead Ohio State's academic enterprise during this interim period," said President Karen A. Holbrook. "Under his leadership, the Fisher College has expanded and made significant improvements in rankings and a number of other indicators. I am confident that with his leadership, the momentum of our academic programs will continue to move forward."

"Joe is an accomplished scholar, teacher and administrator," said Snyder. "I know he will do a superb job as this institution's chief academic officer, and I look forward to working closely with him in order to make this transition as smooth as possible."

Alutto, 65, has been a faculty member and administrator at Ohio State since 1991, when he was appointed dean of the Fisher College, where he holds the John W. Berry Sr. Chair in Business and is a professor of management and human resources. Alutto also serves as Executive Dean for the Professional Colleges, where he coordinates the activities of the Colleges of Education and Human Ecology, Engineering, Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Law and Social Work and represents the interests of those colleges in university-wide decision-making bodies.

Steve Mangum, senior associate dean for academic programs of the Fisher College, will become acting dean on July 1.

Alutto is a leading authority on managerial behavior, having published one book and more than 65 articles in academic journals. His research expertise also includes joint ventures, corporate performance, management education and Sino-U.S. economic activity. He has lectured widely in China on management issues, and in 1984 pioneered the first Sino-U.S. jointly funded MBA program offered in the People's Republic of China.

Before joining Ohio State, Alutto was the Clarence S. Marsh Professor of Management at the State University of New York at Buffalo, focusing his research on Sino-U.S. joint ventures and the relationships between improvement processes and corporate performance. He also served as Dean of the SUNY-Buffalo School of Management from 1976 to 1990.

Alutto earned his B.A. in business administration from Manhattan College, M.A. in industrial relations from the University of Illinois, and Ph.D. in organizational behavior from Cornell University.