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2021
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Ohio State University trustees approve new football season ticket model

Board also hears plan from President Johnson to reactivate campus in fall

The Ohio State University Board of Trustees today approved multiple initiatives to enhance the athletics viewing experience.

The Department of Athletics proposed increasing the number of price zones for tickets to home football games to six zones from two for the 2022 football season and assigning per-game prices for the six zones. Providing more variability for ticket prices opens up Ohio Stadium to more kinds of fans and is in line with peer universities.

The current two-price-zone seating configuration will remain for the upcoming football season, and season ticket prices will not be increased for the second straight year.

The changes for the 2022 season are part of a Buckeye Club ticket modernization plan to create a more transparent and equitable model, which will allow for more affordable prices for many season-ticket holders – including about 14,000 seats that can be purchased with no annual giving contribution – and more opportunities to purchase tickets.

The new process centers on the Buckeye Club’s transition to a per-seat contribution model, which is used successfully by peer schools around the country and will generate additional donations to fund student-athlete scholarships.

The board also heard from President Kristina M. Johnson, who outlined the university’s intent to reactivate university campuses this fall as positive momentum continues on lessening the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the continued partnership and approval of local, state and federal health authorities, the president outlined plans to offer safe in-person experiences, which is a significant expansion from current restrictions.

More details on the plans will be shared in the coming months, and Ohio State will develop contingency plans for multiple scenarios.

“We are solidly on the right track in our fight against COVID-19,” Johnson told trustees.

In addition, trustees heard from Christina Allen and Dominique Hadad, winners of the 2021 President’s Prize, the highest university recognition for exceptional students committed to social change. The two graduating seniors were selected for their projects focused on helping underserved community partners. Allen’s project is Food Leads, which works with type 2 diabetes patients and their medical professionals to make nutrition a central part of treatment. Hadad’s Green Scope Consulting is a sustainability-focused consultation program targeting food waste in restaurants.

The board also took the following actions:

Men’s basketball ticket price update, golf club new membership adjustment

  • Men’s basketball ticket prices
    For the 2021 season (fiscal year 2022), the board voted to keep ticket prices unchanged and continue to price individual games according to exhibition, non-conference, conference or premier opponent categorization, with a maximum of five games categorized as premier.
  • Golf course new membership initiation fees
    While the Ohio State University Golf Club membership dues and daily green fees will remain at current levels, the board approved an increased initiation fee for new members to meet increased costs and remain financially stable. (A market comparison of daily green fees, membership dues and initiation fees found Ohio State’s current rates were lower than or comparable to local courses.) The board approved raising the initiation fee for new members to $3,000 from $1,000. The increase does not apply to students. The funds will be allocated to the capital reserve account for deferred maintenance and future projects.

Construction projects approved
The board authorized the university to enter into and increase professional service and construction contracts for the following projects:

  • Biomedical and Materials Engineering Complex, phase 2
    The project will renovate and replace outdated and unsuitable facilities serving the College of Engineering. This portion allows for the design of all of phase 2 and the demolition of Watts Laboratory, which eliminates $5.8 million in deferred maintenance. The project will renovate MacQuigg Laboratory and replace Watts, at the corner of Woodruff and College avenues, with updated spaces. Trustees approved professional services and construction with contingency contracts totaling $13.6 million, to be paid with state funds.
  • Elevator safety repairs and replacements
    The project will replace or renew elevators across the Columbus campus, with priority locations of University Hall, Smith Laboratory, Goss Laboratory, Dulles Hall, Bevis Hall, Arps Hall and Pressey Hall. Twelve of the 270 elevators Facilities and Operations Development is responsible for have already been renovated. Trustees approved professional services and construction contracts totaling $4.9 million, to be paid with state funds.
     
  • James Cancer Hospital – Halcyon Linear Accelerator
    The project will renovate shelled space to install a new linear accelerator at the James Cancer Hospital. Trustees approved professional services and construction contracts for $5.9 million, including $4.1 million for the purchase of the accelerator and some installation items.
  • Newton Hall facility improvements: Renovation and addition
    The project will accommodate student and faculty growth and enable the relocation of College of Nursing groups back from off-campus leased space. It includes construction of about 35,000 square feet to the south with flexible classrooms, learning spaces and offices, plus the renovation of existing space and a fire alarm system replacement. Trustees approved the request to increase professional services contracts and construction contracts of $1.13 million using university debt, fundraising, university funds and state funds, part of a budget of $25.6 million.
  • North Residential District – HVAC modifications, phase 2
    The project will install fan coil units in seven residence halls in the North Residential District (Bowen, Busch, Scott and Houston in summer 2021 and Blackburn, Bosker and Torres in summer 2022). Trustees approved professional services and construction contracts totaling $16.7 million, using auxiliary funds.
  • Roof repair and replacement
    The project will replace or renew roofs of buildings on the Columbus campus, with the highest priority being the replacement of the roof at 1314 Kinnear Road. Previously, 13 roofs were renovated using state funds. Trustees approved professional service and construction contracts totaling $4.8 million using state funds.
  • Veterinary Medicine – Equine Performance Evaluation Arena
    The project will construct a 12,000-square-foot arena for Equine Sports Medicine and provide a connection to the existing equine hospital. Trustees approved professional services and construction contracts totaling $5.3 million, using fundraising dollars, university funds and Ohio State Energy Partners funds.
  • West Campus infrastructure, phase 1
    The project will provide infrastructure, including additional vehicle lanes, surface parking lots, sewer, stormwater and water service extensions and modified and new intersection signals to support West Campus development. The total project budget is $23.3 million, including the new scope of $5.8 million for chilled water, heating hot water, gas and electric to serve the Wexner Medical Center Outpatient Care West Campus and the Interdisciplinary Research Facility. Trustees approved the scope with Ohio State Energy Partners/Engie using university funds, auxiliary funds and Ohio State Energy Partners funds.
  • Arts District
    The project will develop a new arts district between 15th and 18th avenues. Trustees approved increased construction contracts totaling $3.5 million for new facilities for the School of Music (Timashev Family Music Building) and Department of Theatre, Film and Media Arts, which will include a home for the Moving Image Production program. Total project budget is $165.1 million, to be paid with university debt, fundraising, university funds and Ohio State Energy Partners funds.
  • Martha Morehouse Medical Plaza facility improvements
    The project will renovate 14 different department areas in seven phases, including the temporary relocation of some units while their spaces are being renovated. Trustees approved a request to increase construction contracts for $37 million using auxiliary funds, part of a total project budget of $41.8 million.

Honorary degrees approved
The board approved the awarding of the honorary doctor of science to David D. Awschalom, Robert Bilott and Robert Langer.

In addition, the board approved awarding a master of social work degree posthumously to Victoria Strauss and a bachelor of science degree from the College of Education and Human Ecology to Justice Landers. The degrees will be awarded at spring commencement.

Distinguished Service Awards approved
Trustees and the president’s cabinet have approved presenting Distinguished Service Awards to the following alumni in spring 2021:

  • David Harrison, PhD, MBA, president, Columbus State Community College
  • Fred Ransier, JD, former chair of Partners Achieving Community Transformation and retired partner at the Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP law firm.

University, Wexner Medical Center board of trustees bylaws amended
The board approved amendments related to committee makeup and setup of the university and medical center board of trustees.

Faculty discipline process revised
Trustees approved amendments to Rules of the University Faculty surrounding procedures for addressing complaints of faculty misconduct.

Grading policies revised
Trustees approved amendments to Rules of the University Faculty surrounding the “PE” emergency pass grade system.

Capital investment plan, utility system amendments approved
Trustees approved adjustments to the capital investment plan for fiscal year 2021, which ends June 30, 2021, to include the funding allocated to the university by the State of Ohio.

The board also approved amendments to the Ohio State Energy Partners utility system capital improvement projects for fiscal year 2021 to construct utility system expansion and energy conservation projects in West Campus.

Foundation Report approved
Trustees approved the University Foundation Report as of Dec. 31, 2020, which includes the establishment of the Bob Frick Research Chair in Heart Failure and Arrhythmia; the Urban and Shelley Meyer Professorship in Cancer; 48 additional named endowed funds; the revision of 10 named endowed funds; and the closure of two named endowed funds, totaling $12.8 million in private support to the university.

Personnel actions approved
The board approved the following personnel appointments and reappointments:

  • Elizabeth Parkinson has been named senior vice president for marketing and communications in the Office of the President effective March 22, 2021.
  • Paul N. Patton has been named interim senior vice president for talent, culture and human resources in the Office of the President effective Dec. 4, 2020.
  • Mark Larmore has been reappointed as vice president and chief financial officer of the Wexner Medical Center effective Jan. 1, 2021.

Faculty personnel actions

  • Nicole P. Bernal has been named professor and American Electric Power Foundation Chair in Burn Care in the College of Medicine effective March 1, 2021 through June 30, 2025.
  • Deliang Guo has been named professor and holder of the Urban and Shelley Meyer Professorship in Cancer in the College of Medicine effective March 1, 2021 through June 30, 2025.
  • Ayanna Howard has been named dean and the Monte Ahuja Endowed Dean’s Chair in the College of Engineering effective March 1, 2021 through June 30, 2026.
  • Ryan D. King has been named divisional dean, social and behavioral sciences, in the College of Arts and Sciences, effective Jan. 1, 2021 through June 30, 2025.
  • Linda Lobao has been named professor and holder of the distinguished professor-CFAES position in the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences effective Jan. 1, 2021 through Dec. 31, 2026.
  • M. Susie Whittington has been named professor and holder of the distinguished professor-CFAES position in the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences effective Jan. 1, 2021 through Dec. 31, 2026.
  • Ahmed Yousef has been named professor and holder of the distinguished professor-CFAES position in the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences effective Jan. 1, 2021 through Dec. 31, 2026.

Reappointments

  • W.C. Benton has been reappointed professor and holder of the Edwin D. Dodd Professorship in Management in the Fisher College of Business effective Sept. 1, 2021 through Aug. 31, 2026.
  • Dan Chow has been reappointed professor and holder of the Frank E. and Virginia H. Bazler Chair in Business Law in the Moritz College of Law effective Nov. 15, 2020 through Nov. 15, 2025.
  • Katherine H. Federle has been reappointed professor and holder of the Joseph S. Platt-Porter, Wright, Morris, & Arthur Professorship in the Moritz College of Law effective Nov. 15, 2020 through Nov. 15, 2025.
  • Edward Foley has been reappointed professor and Charles W. Ebersold and Florence Whitcomb Ebersold Chair in the Moritz College of Law effective Nov. 15, 2020 through Nov. 15, 2025.
  • John Fulton has been reappointed professor and holder of the Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering professorship in the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences effective Aug. 16, 2019 through Aug. 15, 2024.
  • Larry Garvin has been reappointed professor and holder of the Lawrence D. Stanley Professorship in Law in the Moritz College of Law effective Nov. 15, 2020 through Nov. 15, 2025.
  • Tim Judge has been reappointed professor and Joseph A. Alutto Chair in Leadership Effectiveness in the Fisher College of Business effective Sept. 1, 2021 through Aug. 31, 2026.
  • Rustin M. Moore has been reappointed dean and Ruth Stanton Chair in Veterinary Medicine in the College of Veterinary Medicine effective Jan. 1, 2021 through Nov.15, 2025.
  • Peter Shane has been reappointed professor and Jacob E. Davis and Jacob E. Davis II Chair in Law in the Moritz College of Law effective Nov. 15, 2020 through Nov. 15, 2025.
  • Ric Simmons has been reappointed professor and holder of the Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer Professorship for the Administration of Justice and the Rule of Law in the Moritz College of Law effective Nov. 15, 2020 through Nov. 15, 2025.
  • Marc Spindelman has been reappointed professor and holder of the Isadore and Ida Topper Professorship in Law in the Moritz College of Law effective Nov. 15, 2020 through Nov. 15, 2025.

Naming of public university spaces
The board approved the naming of the following university spaces:

  • The Riney Family Myeloma Center for Advanced Research Excellence, within the Drug Development Institute, which will support the acceleration of multiple myeloma-focused drug discovery and development projects.
  • The Margaret “Peggy” Warren Welcome Area in the Alber Student Center at Ohio State Marion.
  • The Barbara Kunz Distelhorst Demonstration Kitchen in the Kunz-Brundige Franklin County Extension Building.
  • The Edwin and Helen Holter Memorial Gardener’s Lab in the Kunz-Brundige Franklin County Extension Building.

WOSU spaces named
Trustees approved the naming of internal spaces to be located in the new WOSU Public Media Headquarters, part of the Arts District at East 14th Avenue and Pearl Alley:

  • L Brands Foundation Television Studio A (007)
  • ENGIE-Axium Edit Suite (010)
  • Linda and Frank Kass Television Studio B (017)
  • WOSU Public Media Staff Media Library (020)
  • Sandy and Andy Ross Community Studio (109)
  • American Electric Power Foundation Community Piazza (110)
  • Tom Rieland Control Room (111)
  • Lynne Aronson and Bill Schiffman Green Room (118)
  • Ingram-White Castle Foundation Collaboration Space (200A)
  • The Lazarus Family Conference Room (206)
  • Marilyn and Clark Pritchett Family Break Room (208)
  • Gloria and Dale Heydlauff Production Studio (211)
  • Joanne and David Frantz Production Studio (212)
  • The Columbus Foundation Performance Studio - Audio (213)
  • Ralph DeStefano Production Studio (217)
  • Thomas and Nancy Lurie Production Studio (220)
  • Karen and Ron Ickes Conference Room (227)
  • Messer Construction Co. Break Room (307)
  • Fred Andrle Conference Room (310)
  • Robert and Bailey Sorton Edit Suite (315)
  • Shiloh and Dimiter Todorov Edit Suite (316)
  • Phyllis Kile Edit Suite (319)
  • Bill and Jane Miller Edit Suite (320)
  • Jeffery Olson and Michael Schmidt Edit Suite (321)
  • Margaret and Jerome Cunningham Edit Suite (323)
  • Aminah Robinson Edit Suite (324)
  • Crane Group and Family Conference Room (325)
  • Dana and Paul Navin Huddle Room (326)
  • Anne Powell Riley Huddle Room (327)
  • Mary and Tom Katzenmeyer Audio Edit Suite (328)
  • Mary Alice Akins, Laura Baker and Mike Meadows Phone Booth (414)
  • Jane Werum Huddle Room (417)
  • Debra and Fred Hadley Huddle Room (418)
  • Christine and Neil Mortine Huddle Room (419)
  • State Auto Insurance Companies Conference Room (422)
  • Tom and Ann DiMarco Family Outdoor Terrace

Property sale, sewer easement, iPad lease approved
Trustees approved the following transactions:

  • The sale of approximately 0.48 acres of land in Wooster, Ohio, that lies between two privately owned residences. The land is part of the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Schaffter Research Farm and is considered excess and is not required for Research Farm operations. The buyers own the neighboring residential property, and proceeds will benefit a fund designated to the college. The transaction requires approval by the Ohio General Assembly.
  • An amended perpetual sanitary sewer easement with the city of Columbus to support the construction of the new Inpatient Hospital and demolish the North and South Cannon Drive garages. Part of the work necessitates relocating a portion of the city’s main sanitary sewer, for which the city owns a perpetual easement. The monetary consideration is $1, as the project directly benefits the university.
  • A master lease agreement for no more than $11.7 million with Apple Inc. to finance the cost of a learning technology suite expected to be provided to first-year students entering in 2021-22. The suite, part of the Digital Flagship initiative announced in 2017, includes apps that support learning and campus life as well as a: 10.5-inch iPad Air Gen 4 Wi-Fi 64GB, Apple Pencil 2, Apple Smart Keyboard for iPad Air Gen 4, 3-Year AppleCare+ for iPad and protective case.

Postle Hall dentistry spaces named
Trustees approved the naming of internal spaces in Postle Hall, home to the College of Dentistry, and a transformative renovation that will help expand the college’s position as a national leader in dental education, research and patient care:

  • Dr. Chad Ollom & Dr. Stephanie Ollom Student Clinic Operatory (Room 3319-02)
  • Susan D. Stalnaker, DDS Student Clinic Director’s Office (Room 3319-A)
  • Dr. Erik Hrabowy & Monica Hrabowy Student Clinic Operatory (Room 3324-05)
  • College of Dentistry Dental Alumni Society Student Clinic Director's Office (Room 3325-A)
  • Dr. Bob Whitley & Mrs. Margaret Whitley Student Clinic Operatory (Room 4308-05)

Optometry spaces named
The board approved the naming of internal spaces in the new Optometry Clinic and Health Sciences Faculty Building:

  • Philip M. Wing, OD Contact Lens Service Exam Room (3033)
  • Christopher A. Smiley, OD Contact Lens Service Exam Room (3034)

Baseball stadium suite named
The board approved the naming of the performance suite in Bill Davis Stadium, home to Ohio State baseball, as the Bill Wells Baseball Team Suite, to honor philanthropic support to Ohio State Athletics from Bill Wells and the William H. Davis, Dorothy M. Davis and William C. Davis Foundation, as well as his leadership and volunteerism at the university.

Equine Center space named
Trustees approved the naming of the Ralph Rogan Equine Performance Evaluation Arena at the Galbreath Equine Center. The multipurpose space helps diagnose and treat performance problems in equine athletes.

Off-Campus and Commuter space named in honor of longtime employee
The board approved the naming of the Willie J. Young, Sr. Off-Campus and Commuter Student Engagement Department within the Office of Student Life. Young joined the office in 1990 and, under his leadership starting in 1998, created many significant programs to support the success of commuter and off-campus students.

Resolutions in memoriam adopted
The board adopted resolutions in memoriam for the following people:

  • Eldon Dean Baldwin, professor emeritus in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics, who died on Nov. 9.
  • William R. Brown, professor emeritus in the former Department of Communication, who died on Oct. 11.
  • Albert de la Chapelle, a distinguished university professor in the Department of Cancer Biology and Genetics, who died on Dec. 10.
  • Donald J. Eckert, professor emeritus in the Department of Agronomy, who died on Jan. 6.
  • Charles M. Galloway, professor emeritus in the College of Education and Human Ecology, who died on Sept. 27.
  • Michael L. Geis, professor emeritus of linguistics, who died on Dec. 18.
  • David B. Gerber, professor emeritus with OSU Extension in the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, who died on Dec. 15.
  • W. Raymond Mills, professor emeritus of city and regional planning, who died on July 23.
  • John E. Morral, professor emeritus of materials science and engineering, who died on Dec. 21.
  • Donald K. Myers, associate professor emeritus with OSU Extension in the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, who died on Nov. 11.
  • Harry D. Niemczyk, professor emeritus of entomology, who died on Dec. 16.
  • Richard H. Rapp, professor emeritus of geodetic science, school of Earth Sciences, who died on Sept. 20.
  • William F. Rohrs, associate professor emeritus with OSU Extension in the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, who died on Dec. 26.
  • Roy A. Scott III, professor emeritus of biochemistry, who died on Oct. 22.
  • Charles W. Solt, professor emeritus in the Division of Periodontics, who died on Oct. 7.
  • Robert E. Treece, professor emeritus in the Department of Entomology, who died on Nov. 9.
  • Lawrence W. Walquist Jr., professor emeritus of landscape architecture, who died on Oct. 5.

Board of Trustees committee appointments approved
The board approved the appointment of members to the following committees for 2021-22:

Academic Affairs & Student Life
Brent R. Porteus, chair
Jeff M.S. Kaplan, vice chair

Abigail S. Wexner
Elizabeth P. Kessler
Michael Kiggin
Elizabeth A. Harsh
Reginald A. Wilkinson
Carly G. Sobol
Susan Olesik (faculty member)
Gary R. Heminger (ex officio)

Audit, Finance & Investment
John W. Zeiger, chair
Cheryl L. Krueger
Erin P. Hoeflinger
Lewis Von Thaer
Jeff M.S. Kaplan
Michael Kiggin
Anand ShahJ
ames D. Klingbeil
Amy Chronis 
Kent M. Stahl
Gary R. Heminger (ex officio)

Legal, Risk & Compliance
Elizabeth P. Kessler, chair
Alan A. Stockmeister
Jeff M.S. Kaplan
Michael Kiggin
Elizabeth A. Harsh
Carly G. Sobol
Gary R. Heminger (ex officio)

Master Planning & Facilities
Alexander R. Fischer, chair
James D. Klingbeil, vice chair
Brent R. Porteus
Alan A. Stockmeister
Elizabeth A. Harsh
Reginald A. Wilkinson
Carly G. Sobol
Robert H. Schottenstein
Gary R. Heminger (ex officio)

Research, Innovation & Strategic Partnerships
Lewis Von Thaer, chair
Erin P. Hoeflinger, vice chair
Cheryl L. Krueger
Alexander R. Fischer
Hiroyuki Fujita
Reginald A. Wilkinson
Anand Shah
Gary R. Heminger (ex officio)

Talent, Compensation & Governance
Hiroyuki Fujita, chair
Lewis Von Thaer, vice chair
Brent R. Porteus
Abigail S. Wexner
Alexander R. Fischer
John W. Zeiger
Elizabeth P. Kessler
Gary R. Heminger (ex officio)

Wexner Medical Center
Leslie H. Wexner, chair
Abigail S. Wexner
Cheryl L. Krueger
Hiroyuki Fujita
Alan A. Stockmeister
John W. Zeiger
Anand Shah
Stephen D. Steinour
Robert H. Schottenstein
W.G. Jurgensen
Cindy Hilsheimer
Gary R. Heminger (ex officio, voting)
Kristina M. Johnson (ex officio, voting)
Harold L. Paz (ex officio, voting)
Bruce A. McPheron (ex officio, voting)
Michael Papadakis (ex officio, voting)

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