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. # [Submitted by: GERSTNER (email@example.com) Fri, 01 Oct 93 15:57:08 EST] All documents are the responsibility of their originator.