Ohio State Presidential Search

Walter “Ted” Carter Jr. appointed Ohio State president

The Ohio State University Board of Trustees unanimously appointed Walter “Ted” Carter Jr. as the next president. Carter, who serves as president of the University of Nebraska System, is well known for strategic ingenuity and a highly collaborative leadership style honed over almost 40 years in higher education and the United States Navy. He will begin his tenure as Ohio State’s 17th president on January 1, 2024.

The board also announced that Peter Mohler will serve as acting president, coordinating closely with Carter, through the end of the calendar year.

About the Search

On February 24, 2023, the Board of Trustees of The Ohio State University named the members of its Presidential Search Committee. This committee, chaired by Trustee Hiroyuki Fujita, was tasked with conducting the search for the university’s 17th president.

The Presidential Search Committee includes two subcommittees working in tandem: The Presidential Selection Subcommittee, consisting of seven trustees, and the University Advisory Subcommittee, composed of faculty members, students and staff members. Overall, the Presidential Search Committee reflects constituencies across the university. The search process also will include opportunities for the broader Ohio State community to participate.

Please also see the Presidential Profile, compiled by members of the University Advisory Subcommittee and informed by community input.

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

About The Ohio State University

One of the biggest and most comprehensive colleges in the country, The Ohio State University is creating experiences that bring together expertise, ideas and resources that improve communities locally and globally.

With campuses and research centers throughout the state, the institution’s unrivaled depth and breadth is advancing innovation, health care and research within Ohio’s communities. For more than 150 years, Ohio State has been inspiring the next generation of leaders, discovering groundbreaking medical breakthroughs and finding solutions to the problems the world is facing now.

Regularly honored as one of the nation’s top 20 public universities, Ohio State also has a top-rated academic medical center and a premier cancer hospital and research center. Academic offerings are likewise highly touted and diverse.

Ohio State offers more than 200 majors and programs — plus 500 specializations — for undergraduates to explore, in addition to more than 230 master’s, doctoral and professional degree programs and an estimated 12,000 course offerings.

For media inquiries, contact Ben Johnson at johnson.7149@osu.edu or 614-292-9671.