theoval_516UCAT is happy to support the search for the next president of The Ohio State University by passing on this invitation from Deborah J. Merritt, the John Deaver Drinko/Baker & Hostetler Chair in Law at the Moritz College of Law, and the Convener of the Advisory Subcommittee to the Presidential Search Committee.

“Ohio State is searching for its fifteenth president. This is a time to reflect on the qualities we seek in a leader, as well as on our vision for the university. As convener of the Advisory Subcommittee to the Presidential Search Committee, I invite all members of the university community to participate in this dialogue.

Our subcommittee is hosting a series of public forums at the Columbus campus, in downtown Columbus, and at each of the regional campuses. You can find a full schedule of the forums here. The forums offer an opportunity to hear about the search process and to contribute your perspective on the characteristics that the Board of Trustees should seek in the next president.

We are particularly interested in hearing the views of thoughtful teachers, so we have arranged a special meeting with members of the Academy of Teaching. We also emailed all lecturers nominated last year for the Provost’s Award for Teaching by a Lecturer, specially inviting those individuals to our public forums.

Of course, we’re also reaching out to student groups, administrators, staff, alumni, and other friends of Ohio State. Our university touches so many lives, and so many individuals have a stake in the choice of our future leader.

If you can’t attend one of our forums, please consider sharing your views through the committee’s website. You may nominate a particular candidate or offer more general suggestions. I am personally reading each submission and sharing them with other committee members. You are welcome to make recommendations by name or anonymously.

What would you like the next president of The Ohio State University to achieve? What strengths does our university have that would facilitate achieving those goals? What challenges would a president face in securing those outcomes? What qualifications, experiences, or personal attributes are important for the next President? Which of these characteristics are essential? Which ones might be helpful, but are not essential?

These are just some of the questions that our subcommittee is asking, and that we invite you to explore with us. We hope to see you at one of our forums or to receive your input online. Best wishes for an energetic, productive start to the fall semester and—Go Bucks!”