Ohio State Presidential Search

About the Search

On January 16, 2020, the Board of Trustees of The Ohio State University named the 27 members of its Presidential Search Committee. This committee, chaired by Trustee Lewis Von Thaer, is tasked with conducting the search for the university’s 16th president.

The new leader will replace outgoing President Michael V. Drake, who shared in November his plans to transition out of the role after continuing to serve through at least the end of the 2019-20 academic year.

The Presidential Search Committee reflects the diverse constituencies that make up our university community, and it is seeking input from groups across Ohio State and beyond, including faculty, staff, students, alumni, friends and partners.

Throughout the presidential search, community members are encouraged to provide their input and comments as well as candidate nominations. Additional opportunities for engagement will be shared as details are finalized.

If you have questions about access or wish to request accommodations for any of the materials or events related to the presidential search, please contact the Board Office at board@osu.edu or 614-292-6359.


About The Ohio State University

Ohio State is a national flagship public research university focused on advancing its land-grant mission and leading the country’s higher education landscape in the areas of teaching and learning, greater access to an affordable and excellent education, research and creative expression, academic health care and operational excellence and resource stewardship.

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The university offers 250 undergraduate majors, specialties and tracks, along with 290 master’s, doctoral and professional degree programs. It includes 68,000 students and 49,000 faculty and staff across the Columbus campus — located in the state capital and 14th-largest city in the country — and five regional campuses throughout Ohio. With 570,000 living alumni, a nationally recognized academic medical center and partnerships with communities across the globe, Ohio State is consistently recognized among the most innovative and far-reaching universities in the world.

Historic highs in applications, academic excellence and diversity of students, first-year retention rates, graduation rates, donor support, research funding and more demonstrate that the university’s momentum has never been greater. What Ohio State does matters to our state, nation and world.

Read more about Ohio State’s mission and values.

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