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Trustees review presidential goals, approve energy efficiency measures

Board cites President Johnson’s strong leadership during pandemic

The Ohio State University Board of Trustees today approved five presidential goals for the current fiscal year. President Kristina M. Johnson and the board outlined five priorities: academic excellence, knowledge enterprise excellence, talent and culture, resource management and service.

The board also approved the continuation of the university’s energy efficiency and management measures. The latest phase involves spending $44 million in energy system improvements in 40 buildings. So far, more than 100 buildings on the Columbus campus have undergone energy conservation measures, and in the fifth and final phase, another 50 to 60 will be optimized.

During board meetings this week, Office of Business and Finance leadership reported that the university’s financial performance in fiscal year 2021, which spanned from July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021, outperformed the previous fiscal year, allowing for the resumption of the Annual Merit Compensation Process (AMCP) for faculty and staff – budgeted at 3 percent. The university’s solid financial footing was attributed to a strong investment performance, more positive momentum at the health system and significant efficiency measures across the university, actions that helped offset revenue declines in key areas including tuition, housing and dining and athletics.

Further actions taken during the board’s meeting include:

Fiscal year 2022 Capital Investment Plan approved
The board approved the Capital Investment Plan for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2022. Capital expenditures are the result of the university’s comprehensive annual capital planning process.

Fiscal year 2022 Ohio State Energy Partners (OSEP) capital plan approved
The board approved the annual utility system capital improvement projects plan for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2022. The projects are:

  • Utility System Life-Cycle Renovation, Repair and Replacement Projects
  • Utility System Expansion and Extension Projects
  • Energy Conservation Measure Projects

The board also approved a change in scope of the Combined Heat and Power Plant and Midwest Campus District heating and Cooling Network capital improvement project, which was previously approved in fiscal year 2020. A state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a delay of the state’s certification process, which caused a delay in construction of the process.

Professional services and construction contracts approved

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

Martha Morehouse Tower upgrades
The project will provide HVAC systems upgrades for floors 1-6 and 9-10, plus interior waterproofing measures, disability improvements and more. Trustees approved professional services contracts totaling $2.5 million, to be paid for with auxiliary funds.

Wexner Medical Center facility optimization study
The project will fill a need to better understand the opportunities and limitations of the remaining health facilities not included as part of the six major capital projects under construction today. Trustees approved professional services contracts totaling $1 million, to be paid for with auxiliary funds.

Wooster – high pressure steam boiler replacement
The project will replace steam boiler that serves the entire campus and includes upgraded safety measures, new alarms and direct digital controls. Trustees approved professional services contracts totaling $1 million, to be paid for with state funds.

Atwell – ADL Simulation Lab
The project will, in phase one, renovate space to create program space for the School of Health and Rehabilitation Services and include the creation of an additional level for a flexible research lab and a 48-person active learning classroom. A second phase, which is new and the cause of the project increase from $2.9 million, will renovate additional space to create a 16-bed athletic training classroom, a mock apartment, a three-bed simulation exam space and more. Trustees approved professional service and construction contracts totaling $4.6 million, to be paid for with university funds.

Blackwell Pavilion renovation
The project will construct an all-season pavilion on the existing plaza, providing a vibrant area for use by hotel guests, for special events and for other activities. Trustees approved professional service and construction contracts totaling $4 million, to be paid for with university funds and fundraising.

Lacrosse stadium
The project will construct a new outdoor stadium in the Athletics District and includes the outdoor field, 850 stadium seats, press box, locker rooms, concessions and restrooms. Trustees approved professional service and construction contracts totaling $19.2 million, to be paid for with fundraising.

University Hospital East – 4th floor operating room upgrades
The project will, in phase one, renovate up to four existing operating rooms. A second phase will renovate additional operating rooms. Trustees approved professional service and construction contracts totaling $2.9 million, to be paid for with auxiliary funds.

Roadway easement approved
The board approved a perpetual easement to the city of Upper Arlington for an access road across Arthur E. Adams Drive between Lane Avenue and North Star Road. The road would support development and construction of the roadway along the southern border of retail properties located at the southeast corner.

Property acquisition approved
The board authorized the university to acquire 1.5 acres of unimproved property adjacent to Outpatient Care East, near Atcheson Street and Taylor Avenue in Columbus, for general expansion and redevelopment purposes.

Gift acceptance of real property approved
The board approved the acceptance of a gift of property located near Ohio State East Hospital, at 1539 Clifton Ave. in Columbus, for strategic holding and potential future development.

Airport property lease approved
The board authorized a ground lease for property located at Don Scott Airport, near West Case Road in Columbus, for the development of an airplane hangar. The lease is of approximately two acres of unimproved land for general aviation hangar use for Spartan Air.

Joint use agreement ratified
The board approved a joint use agreement with the Mid-Ohio Food Bank nonprofit for $1 million. The funds were allocated in the 2020-21 state capital bill for use by the food bank, and Mid-Ohio will construct a new facility in Columbus.

Fiscal year 2022 operating budget approved
The board approved the university's operating budget for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2022.

Digital textbook pass-through fees approved
The board approved digital textbook pass-through fees at all campuses for fiscal year 2022. The university collects pass-through fees that are used to pay third parties for goods and services that directly benefit students and collects these fees instead of requiring third parties to bill students directly. The university’s involvement can reduce student costs, simplify billing for students and otherwise benefit students. The CarmenBooks pilot that the board approved for spring semester 2019 has expanded and is expected to save students more than $3.2 million for autumn semester 2021.

Distinguished Service Award
The board approved the naming of Thomas Hall for the Distinguished Service Award. Hall served three terms as a member of the Ohio State University at Newark Advisory Board. During his tenure, enrollment at the Newark campus increased nearly 20%, construction began on a new library and student center and the campus celebrated a $21 million campaign in endowed scholarships with Central Ohio Technical College. Hall is a loyal donor with more than 40 years of giving, and the award recognizes his service and leadership to Ohio State and the community.

Personnel actions approved
Trustees approved the performance review and awards for Johnson, recounting her strong leadership in her first full year at Ohio State. The board approved a 3% increase, or $27,000, of the president’s base salary, which is in line with the AMCP. The president also received an award for achieving and exceeding performance goals set at 35% of her base salary, or $263,500, which the board said in her review letter is for “steadfast leadership throughout an unpredictable year.” The award is pro-rated based on Johnson’s start date.

The board approved the following appointments:

  • Jay M. Anderson has been appointed chief operating officer of the Wexner Medical Center starting July 1, 2021.
  • Melissa L. Gilliam has been named executive vice president and provost and professor (ENGIE-Axium Endowed Chair) in the Office of Academic Affairs, for a term beginning Aug. 1, 2021, and running through July 31, 2026.
  • David G. Horn has been appointed interim executive dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for a term beginning Aug. 1, 2021, and running through June 30, 2022.
  • Cindy Leavitt has been appointed vice president and chief information officer for a term beginning Sept. 20, 2021.
  • Jeffrey A. Risinger has been appointed senior vice president for talent, culture and human resources for a term beginning Aug. 16, 2021.
  • Carroll Ann Trotman has been appointed dean of the College of Dentistry for a term beginning Aug. 15, 2021, and running through June 30, 2026.
  • Elizabeth I. Cooke has been appointed professor-clinical (Frank C. Woodside III Clinical Professorship of Trial Advocacy) in the Moritz College of Law for a term beginning Aug. 15, 2021, and running through Aug. 14, 2026.
  • Cesar C. Garcia Hernandez has been appointed professor (Gregory H. Williams Chair in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties) in the Moritz College of Law for a term beginning Aug. 15, 2021, and running through Aug. 14, 2026.
  • Kari R. Hoyt has been appointed professor (Charles H. Kimberly Professorship in Pharmacy) in the College of Pharmacy for a term beginning Sept. 1, 2021, and running through Aug. 31, 2024.
  • Margaret B. Kwoka has been appointed professor (Kara J. Trott Endowed Professorship in Law in honor of Prof. Lawrence Herman) in the Moritz College of Law for a term beginning Aug. 15, 2021, and running through Aug. 14, 2026.
  • Jamie Lipp has been appointed assistant professor (Mary Fried Endowed Clinical Professorship) in the College of Education and Human Ecology for a term beginning Aug. 15, 2021, and running through Aug. 14, 2026.
  • Aristide Merola has been appointed associate professor-clinical (Clayton C. Wagner Parkinson’s Disease Professorship) in the College of Medicine for a term beginning July 1, 2021, and running through June 30, 2025.
  • Amy J. Schmitz has been appointed professor (John Deaver Drinko-Baker & Hostetler Chair in Law) in the Moritz College of Law for a term beginning Jan. 1, 2022, and running through Dec. 31, 2027.
  • Ahmed Yousef has been appointed professor (Virginia Hutchinson Bazler and Frank E. Bazler Chair in Food Science) in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences for a term beginning Aug. 15, 2021, and running through June 30, 2026.
  • Karla Zadnik was appointed interim dean in the College of Dentistry for a term beginning Aug. 1, 2021, and running through Aug. 14, 2021.

Reappointments

  • Bhavik Bakshi has been reappointed professor (Richard M. Morrow Chair in Polymer Engineering) in the College of Engineering for a term beginning July 1, 2021, and running through June 30, 2026.
  • Arnab Chakravarti has been reappointed professor and chair (Klotz Family Chair in Research) in the College of Medicine for a term beginning July 1, 2021, and running through June 30, 2025.
  • Andrew H. Glassman has been reappointed professor and chair (Frank J. Kloenne Chair in Orthopedic Surgery) in the College of Medicine for a term beginning July 1, 2021, and running through June 30, 2023.
  • Ronald L. Harter has been reappointed professor and chair (Jay J. Jacoby MD, PhD, Chair in Anesthesiology) in the College of Medicine for a term running from July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022.
  • John M. Horack has been reappointed professor (Neil A. Armstrong Chair in Aerospace Policy) in the College of Engineering for a term beginning July 1, 2021, and running through June 30, 2026.
  • Dorothee C. Imbert has been reappointed professor (Hubert Schmidt Chair in Landscape Architecture) in the College of Engineering for a term beginning July 1, 2021, and running through June 30, 2025.
  • Rebecca D. Jackson has been reappointed professor (Max Morehouse Chair in Cancer Research) for a term beginning April 1, 2021, and running through June 30, 2025.
  • Rafael Jiminez-Flores has been reappointed professor (J.T. “Stubby” Parker Chair in Dairy Foods) in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences for a term beginning June 1, 2021, and running through May 31, 2026.
  • Ahmet Kahraman has been reappointed professor (Howard D. Winbigler Designated Professorship) in the College of Engineering for a term beginning July 1, 2021, and running through June 30, 2026.
  • Sorabh Khandelwal has been reappointed professor-clinical (Samuel J. Kiehl III MD Chair in Emergency Medicine) in the College of Medicine for a term beginning April 1, 2021, and running through June 20, 2025.
  • Bern Kohler has been reappointed professor (Ohio Eminent Scholar in Experimental Physical Chemistry) in the College of Arts and Sciences for a term beginning Aug. 15, 2021, and running through Aug. 14, 2026.
  • Sanjay Krishna has been reappointed professor (George R. Smith Chair in Engineering) in the College of Engineering for a term beginning July 1, 2021, and running through June 30, 2026.
  • David W. McComb has been reappointed professor (Ohio Research Scholar in Materials) in the College of Engineering for a term beginning July 1, 2021, and running through June 30, 2026.
  • Chia-Hsiang Menq has been reappointed professor (Ralph W. Kurtz Chair in Mechanical Engineering) in the College of Engineering for a term beginning July 1, 2021, and running through June 30, 2026.
  • Ryan R. Nash has been reappointed associate professor (Hagop S. Mekhjian MD Chair in Medical Ethics and Professionalism) in the College of Medicine for a term beginning April 1, 2021, and running through June 20, 2025.
  • Gregory M. Ness has been reappointed professor-clinical (DP Snyder Designated Professorship in Oral Surgery) in the College of Dentistry for a term beginning Aug. 1, 2021, running through July 31, 2026.
  • Michael F. Tweedle has been reappointed professor (Stefanie Spielman Chair in Cancer Imaging) in the College of Medicine for a term beginning July 1, 2021, and running through June 30, 2022.
  • Claire F. Verschraegen has been reappointed professor (Diane Nye and Michael Rayden Chair in Innovative Cancer Research) in the College of Medicine for a term beginning June 1, 2021, and running through June 30, 2022.

Extensions

  • Christina Thomas, professor (Robert K. Fox Professorship in Chemistry Fund) in the College of Arts and Sciences, has received an extension in her role from Aug. 15, 2021, through Aug. 15, 2022.
  • Yiying Wu, professor (Phyllis and Richard Leet Endowed Chair in Chemistry) in the College of Arts and Sciences, has received an extension in her role from Aug. 15, 2021, through Aug. 15, 2022.

Faculty termination approved
The board approved the termination of Rene Olate, associate professor in the College of Social Work, based on findings from the Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) and the recommendation of college and university leadership. OIE led two investigations into Olate based on complaints made in 2020 by three students in the college. OIE found that Olate violated the university’s Sexual Misconduct Policy to the “grave misconduct” level.

University Foundation report approved
The board approved the report as of June 30, 2021, which includes the establishment of one endowed chair fund: the Seth Andre Myers Chair Fund in Global Military History; two endowed professorships: The Dr. H. Lee “Buck” Mathews Professorship in Marketing and the Dr. Rattan Lal Endowed Professorship; 22 additional named endowed funds; the revision of six named endowed funds; and the closure of one named endowed fund.

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

  • The Dave and Margie Williams Auditorium (Room 1000) in Mars G. Fontana Laboratories in the Biomedical and Materials Engineering Complex
  • The Keith D. Monda Conference Room (Room 4010) at 14 E. 15th Ave.
  • The Magee Family Plaza in the Biomedical and Materials Engineering Complex
  • The Marcia and Allan Wool Lobby and Registration at the Wexner Medical Center Outpatient Care New Albany
  • The Dan O’Neal Family Wrestling Locker Room in the Covelli Center
  • The 33 Forever Welcome Room in Memory of Danielle Leedy (Room 105A) in the Behavioral Health Immediate Care clinic within Harding Hospital
  • The Robert E. Arbogast Teaching Laboratory (Room 1136) in Mars G. Fontana Laboratories in the Biomedical and Materials Engineering Complex
  • The Dr. Jay and Janice Moodley Family Women’s Locker Room in the Alber Student Center at Ohio State Marion
  • In the Frank Stanton Veterinary Spectrum of Care Clinic at 665 Vernon L. Tharp Street, the following internal spaces were named in recognition of support from donors to the clinic:
    • Supported by: Eric Shaver, DVM 1985 and wife Cheryl, Founders of East Holmes Vet Clinic (Room 172)
    • To honor our beloved dog Opie; By: Elaine & Steve Glass (Room 116)
    • Emily A. Walton, DVM 1981 1st Woman President OVMA Jeffrey D. Walton, BS, MA Arlington, Ohio (Room 174)
    • In Honor of Teddy Luther & Travis Lincoln Moore Lifelong VMC Patients; Rustin M. Moore, DVM ’89 (Room 175)
    • Honoring my parents for all their support. Your light will forever shine in me. Liesa Rihl Stone, DVM ’83 (Room 179)
    • Dedicated to Drs. Monsees, Linsenbardt & Payne for starting my journey. Dr. Roger B. Fingland (Room 190)
    • Surgery Suite Generously Supported by Brian Holub, DVM ’83; Cindie Davis Holub, DVM ’83 (Room 190D)
    • Clinical Treatment Room Generously Supported by Ira Niedweske (DVM ’77) & Mrs. Jill Niedweske (Room 130)
    • You are the future of better veterinary care by design. - Midmark Corporation (Room 129)
    • Supported by: UrgentVet “Your Pet Can’t Wait To Feel Better” (Room 114)

Resolutions in Memoriam

The board approved resolutions honoring the following former faculty emeriti who recently died:

  • Leon W. Boucher, professor emeritus of agricultural education in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, who died on May 19, 2021, at age 100.
  • Howard G. Crane, professor emeritus in the Department of History of Art in the College of Arts and Sciences, who died on March 3, 2021, at age 80.
  • Albert A. Gabel, professor emeritus in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine, who died on April 12, 2021, at age 91.
  • Rebecca Kantor-Martin, professor emerita in the College of Education and Human Ecology, who died on April 22, 2021, at age 66.
  • Erwin M. Kohler, professor emeritus with the Center for Food Animal Health in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and College of Veterinary Medicine, who died on June 12, 2021, at age 90.
  • Helen M. Marks, associate professor emerita in the College of Education and Human Ecology, who died on March 20, 2021, at the age of 82.
  • Jean T. Snook, professor emerita in the College of Education and Human Ecology, who died on May 1, 2021, at the age of 84.

Statement of Expectations outlined

  • The board approved a Statement of Expectations to serve as a guide for trustee behavior.

Amendments to the board’s bylaws approved

  • The board approved revisions to the bylaws of the board of trustees.

Board committee appointments ratified

  • The board approved the ratification of committee appointments for fiscal year 2022-23 as follows:

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
  • Tom B. Mitevski
  • Tanner R. Hunt
  • Susan Olesik (faculty member)
  • Gary R. Heminger (ex officio)

Audit, Finance & Investment

  • John W. Zeiger, Chair
  • Erin P. Hoeflinger
  • Lewis Von Thaer
  • Jeff M.S. Kaplan
  • Michael Kiggin
  • Tom B. Mitevski
  • Carly G. Sobol
  • James 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
  • Tom B. Mitevski
  • Tanner R. Hunt
  • 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
  • Tanner R. Hunt
  • Robert H. Schottenstein
  • Gary R. Heminger (ex officio)

Research, Innovation & Strategic Partnerships

  • Lewis Von Thaer, Chair
  • Erin P. Hoeflinger, Vice Chair
  • Alexander R. Fischer
  • Hiroyuki Fujita
  • Reginald A. Wilkinson
  • Carly G. Sobol
  • 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
  • Erin P. Hoeflinger
  • Hiroyuki Fujita
  • Alan A. Stockmeister
  • John W. Zeiger
  • Carly G. Sobol
  • Stephen D. Steinour
  • Robert H. Schottenstein
  • W.G. Jurgensen
  • Cindy Hilsheimer
  • Amy Chronis
  • Gary R. Heminger (ex officio, voting)
  • Kristina M. Johnson (ex officio, voting)
  • Harold L. Paz (ex officio, voting)
  • Melissa L. Gilliam (ex officio, voting)
  • Michael Papadakis (ex officio, voting

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