Trustees Actions

Published on October 01, 1993

HOFFSIS NAMED INTERIM DEAN OF VETERINARY MEDICINE

     COLUMBUS -- Glen Hoffsis, director of The Ohio State

University Veterinary Hospital, was formally appointed interim

dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine by the Board of

Trustees Friday (10/1).

     Hoffsis, of ASHVILLE, assumed his new duties Sept. 9 as head

of the third oldest college of veterinary medicine in the country

and will serve until July 1, 1995, or until a national search is

completed for a permanent dean.  He succeeds Ronald Wright in

leading a college with 100 faculty members, about 520 veterinary

students, and about 150 graduate students and residents.  Both

men are professors in the Department of Veterinary Clinical

Sciences.

     A faculty member since 1970, Hoffsis headed his department's

food animal medicine and surgery section before becoming hospital

director in 1991.  With more than 20,000 annual visits, the

hospital is one of North America's largest and highest quality

university veterinary hospitals.

     Hoffsis has a bachelor's degree in animal science, a

veterinary medicine degree, and a master's degree in internal

medicine.  He conducts research on metabolic and infectious

diseases in food-producing animals and teaches the diagnosis and

treatment of cattle diseases.

ELLISON NAMED TO ZOLLINGER CHAIR OF SURGERY

     Trustees appointed E. Christopher Ellison of POWELL to the
Robert M. Zollinger Chair of Surgery and promoted him to
associate professor of surgery and chief of General Surgery.  The
appointment was retroactive to Sept. 1.

     An authority on surgery of the digestive system, Ellison is
a 1976 graduate of The Medical College of Wisconsin.  He served
his internship and residency in surgery at University Hospitals.

     Ellison's research and surgical practice has focused on
benign and malignant diseases of the pancreas, liver, and biliary
system.

     In 1987, Ellison became co-director of the Ohio Digestive
Disease Institute, a multidisciplinary center for research,
treatment and community education related to diseases of the
gastrointestinal system.  A past president of the Columbus
Surgical Society, he is a member of several professional
societies and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.  Last
year, Ellison was one of nine Ohio State physicians selected by
peers for inclusion in the first edition of Best Doctors in
America.

     The Zollinger Chair is funded by the Leland-Baxter Memorial
Fund, which was established in 1962 through a bequest from Helen
LeCrone Baxter, Class of 1907, in honor of her father, Dr. Thomas
West LeCrone, and her husband, Dr. Leland Baxter.  The chair was
most recently held by Olga Jonasson.


WIGTIL, TIERNEY TO HEAD EDUCATION DEPARTMENTS

     The board appointed two faculty members as chairpersons of
departments in the College of Education.

     James V. Wigtil was named chairperson of the Department  of
Educational Services and Research, and Robert J. Tierney was
named chairperson of the Department of Educational Theory and
Practice.  Both are professors who have been serving as acting
chairpersons of their departments.  Their appointments are
through June 1997.

     Wigtil, of UPPER ARLINGTON is a specialist in counselor
education and alcohol and drug abuse education.  An Ohio State
faculty member since 1966, Wigtil is national president-elect of
the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.  He
served as the 1992-93 president of the Ohio State chapter of Phi
Delta Kappa.

     Wigtil served two terms as coordinator of the counselor
education program in the College of Education before becoming
acting chairperson in 1992.  He teaches the Maryhaven Education
for Sober Alternatives Training Program and has a just-published
workbook: Skill-Building Activities for Alcohol and Drug
Education, co-written with fellow faculty member Carson Bates.

     He has a bachelor's degree from Moorhead State College, a
master's degree from the University of North Dakota, and a
doctorate from Indiana University.  Wigtil succeeds Judy
Genshaft, now dean of the School of Education at the State
University of New York at Albany.

     Tierney, of COLUMBUS (43214), is a specialist in literacy
education.  A faculty member for eight years, he teaches graduate
courses in literacy research and edits Reading Research
Quarterly, the major literacy research journal in the world.
Tierney has worked on several education-related projects with the
U.S. Office of Education, Apple Computer, and Children's
Television Workshop, among others, and done much work with Ohio
schools on classroom-based assessment.  He is a past president of
the National Reading Conference.

     Tierney previously taught at the universities of Arizona and
Illinois and at Harvard University.  He did his undergraduate
work at the University of Sydney and MacQuarie University in
Australia and earned his master's and doctoral degrees at the
University of Georgia.  He succeeds Frank J. Zidonis, who remains
on the faculty as professor.

     In another matter, the board changed the title of Robert M.
Arkin of UPPER ARLINGTON to undergraduate dean of the Colleges of
the Arts and Sciences from associate dean of undergraduate
studies.  His term runs through June 1997.

     Trustees awarded emeritus titles to seven people:

     ~ John D. Lee of UPPER ARLINGTON, Department of Aeronautical
and Astronautical Engineering, professor emeritus, retroactive to
Aug. 1.
     ~ Charles W. Lifer of UPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio State University
Extension, professor emeritus, effective Oct. 1.
`    ~ Michael Passe of UPPER ARLINGTON, Department of
Architecture, professor emeritus, retroactive to July 1.
     ~ Donald E. Pritchard of COLUMBUS, Department of Dairy
Science, professor emeritus, effective Oct. 1.
     ~ Donald T. Witiak of MOUNT VERNON, College of Pharmacy,
professor emeritus, effective Oct. 1.
     ~ James R. Helt of MOUNT GILEAD, Ohio State University
Extension, associate professor emeritus, effective Oct. 1.
     ~ William B. Merryman of WORTHINGTON, Department of
Obstetrics and Gynecology, clinical associate professor emeritus,
retroactive to Sept. 1.
     Resolutions in memoriam were approved for Floyd M. Beman,
professor emeritus in the Department of Internal Medicine, who
died June 20; Harry D. Moore, professor emeritus in the
Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, who died Aug.
2; and Marjorie Rowe, assistant professor emeritus in the
Department of Psychiatry, who died July 7.

     Trustees appointed or reappointed 502 people to the medical
staff of University Hospitals.


AGRICULTURE, BUSINESS, LIBRARIES TO BENEFIT FROM FUNDS

     The board established 10 named endowed funds:

     ~ The Herman M. Martin Agriculture Student Recruitment Fund,
$150,000.
     ~ The Emanuel D. Rudolph Polar Studies Fund for graduate
research in the Goldthwait Polar Library at the Byrd Polar
Research Center, $88,175.
     ~ The Marvin Hoffman Innovation Fund in Business, $25,000.
     ~ The Jenson-Wallin-Young Research Fund for accounting and
management systems in the College of Business, $25,000.
     ~ The Arch and Mary Ellen Priestley Veterinary Scholarship
Fund, $17,386.51.
     ~ The Ohio 4-H International Programs Endowment, $16,570.
     ~ The Jack L. and Joan P. Wallick Medical Oncology Research
Endowment Fund, $16,300.
     ~ The Frederick T. Grimm Scholarship Fund in the College of
Agriculture, $15,000.
     ~ The Emanuel D. Rudolph History of Children's Science
Collection (book acquisition in the University Libraries),
$15,000.
     ~ The Emanuel D. and Ann Rudolph Friends of the Libraries
Student Book Collector's Contest Endowment, $15,000.


BOARD APPROVES $12 MILLION IN RESEARCH CONTRACTS

     The board accepted 176 research contracts totaling
$12,026,444.35.  Projects singled out included:

     ~ A $180,000 grant from the American Cancer Society to study
the papillary thyroid carcinomas oncogene.  The study is to lead
to understanding the molecular mechanisms and biochemical changes
involved in thyroid neoplastic transformation and the mechanisms
underlying the wide spectrum of thyroid cancers.  The principal
investigator is S.M. Jhiang of the Department of Internal
Medicine.
     ~ A $160,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture
to compare the effects of dietary saturated fatty acids on
cholesterol metabolism.  The study is expected to determine
whether saturated fatty acids differ in their ability to raise
serum cholesterol.  The principal investigator is Jean T. Snook
of the Department of Human Nutrition and Food Management.

     ~ A $120,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to
study the 630-million-year-old Egersund dikes of southwestern
Norway.  Principal investigator is Michael Barton of the
Department of Geological Sciences.

     ~ A $105,424 grant from the National Science Foundation to
address technical problems impeding the development of software
systems as assemblages of off-the-shelf reusable components.
Principal investigator is B. W. Weide of the Department of
Computer and Information Science.


BOARD SELLS PART OF OVERLOOK FARM, CONDUCTS OTHER BUSINESS

     Trustees voted to sell a house and about 20 acres of
Overlook Farm, 35425 Pickerington Road, northwest of LANCASTER,
to James J. and Janet Carol Johnson of CANAL WINCHESTER for no
less than $233,000.

     The money will be used to support future property
acquisition.  Ohio State will retain an easement for access to
the rest of the farm, which also is for sale.

     The Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center has
used Overlook for fruit and Christmas tree research.  Plans call
for transferring the research programs to OARDC operations in
Piketon and Wooster and at the Waterman Farm in Columbus.
Proceeds from any sale of the other 101 acres will be used by the
College of Agriculture.

     In other matters, trustees:

     ~ Heard a report from Richard Sisson, senior vice president
for academic affairs and provost, regarding budget reallocation
and the process to be used in the academic restructuring of the
university.

     ~ Expressed their appreciation to former provost Joan Huber
of UPPER ARLINGTON for her service to the university.

     ~ Voted to employ architects and engineers and request
construction bids for renovating part of the leased Research Park
facility at 1212 Kinnear Road for use by the Center for Mapping.
Estimated cost is $220,000, with the project to be funded through
indirect cost recovery from a grant from the U.S. Geological
Survey and the State of Ohio.
     ~ Accepted contracts for improvements to Cannon Drive, with
work to be done by Complete General Construction of COLUMBUS and
Miller Cable of GREEN SPRINGS, Ohio, for $2,722,653 and $132,703,
respectively.  The project includes widening Cannon Drive to four
lanes, widening the Herrick Drive Bridge over the Olentangy
River, and improving a section of Olentangy River Road.  The work
is being done to improve traffic movement in connection with the
planned Ohio 315 exit ramp to Cannon Drive.  Total project cost
is $3,142,395, including a 10 percent contingency allowance.

     ~ Authorized resolutions to enter into a new lease-leaseback
arrangement with Ohio State University Affiliates Inc., a non-
profit corporation, in connection with the refinancing of the
Child Care Facility and the Stores and Receiving Building.

     ~ Amended the University Hospitals Bylaws pertaining to
membership and responsibilities of the University Hospitals Board
and responsibilities of two board committees and amended the
Bylaws of the Board of Trustees to make the president, executive
director and medical director ex-officio members of the Hospitals
Board.

     ~ Heard a report from Treasurer James Nichols that the
University Endowment Fund has reached a couple of milestones with
$502.7 million and more than 2,000 restricted funds.

     ~ Re-appointed fellow member Leslie Wexner to the Wexner
Center Board for a three-year term beginning Nov. 1.  President
E. Gordon Gee announced that he is appointing Trustee George
Skestos to the board.

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[Submitted by: GERSTNER  (gerstner@ccgate.ucomm.ohio-state.edu)
               
Fri, 01 Oct 93 15:57:08 EST]
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