The Ohio State Board of Trustees approved a variety of personnel, fiscal and construction-related matters at its meeting April 5.
College readiness standards adopted
The board approved adoption of uniform statewide standards for remediation-free status. The standards outline uniform statewide college readiness thresholds in mathematics, science, reading and writing that each student enrolled in a state institution of higher education must meet to be considered free of the need for remedial work. The standards are mandated by state law as a means for the state to reduce the number of college and career-bound students who need non-credit bearing remedial courses before they can begin their credit-bearing work. The presidents of Ohio’s public colleges and universities established the standards in December 2012.
Authority to revise nonsmoking policy
The university received authority from the Board of Trustees to revise its nonsmoking policy. A draft tobacco-free policy is currently under review by faculty, students, staff and administrators. The goal of the proposed policy is to become a tobacco-free university, furthering Ohio State’s commitment to become the world’s healthiest university.
Sullivant Medal awarded
Trustees approved awarding the Joseph Sullivant Medal to Lonnie Thompson, Distinguished University Professor of Earth Sciences, and Ellen Mosley-Thompson, Distinguished University Professor of Geography. The medal, awarded every five years, will be presented at a date yet to be determined.
The board accepted the Ohio State University Foundation report as of Feb. 28, which includes the establishment of The Harry T. Mangurian Jr. Foundation Professorship in Business; The Gerald S. Kakos, MD, and Thomas E. Williams Jr., MD, PhD Professorship and the establishment of 24 named endowed funds totaling providing $20.7 million in private gifts to the university.
The board approved the following names within the university:
The Children’s Early Learning Research Collaborative in the Schoenbaum Family Center has been named the Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy. The naming recognizes the generosity of members of the Crane family, who have provided significant contributions to the College of Education and Human Ecology.
The Jameson Crane Sports Medicine Institute at The Ohio State University. The naming honors Jameson Crane and recognizes the Crane family for generous contributions to the university and to the Wexner Medical Center.
The Loann Crane Advanced Language Institute in recognition of significant contributions by members of the Crane family to the College of Arts and Sciences. Located in Hagerty Hall, the institute will be the state’s leading resource for the learning of second languages and the preparation of tomorrow’s global leaders.
The Classical 101 Radio Studio at WOSU Public Media has been named the Anne Melvin Classical 101 Radio Studio in recognition of her significant contributions to WOSU to support 101.1 FM.
The Visits and Events Suite in the Ohio Union has been renamed the James J. Mager Visits and Events Suite in honor of significant contributions that James Mager made to his alma mater during his distinguished career at Ohio State. In 2010, the Visits and Events Suite was moved from Enarson Hall to the Ohio Union and the name and plaque had not followed until now.
New university affiliate authorized
The board authorized the university to establish the affiliated entity University Development Strategies Inc. The new affiliate will promote strategic real estate planning for all university campuses and assets statewide by providing real-world advice in a way that meets the needs of faculty, staff, students, community members and business partners.
In its initial two years, University Development Strategies intends to develop an achievable, economically viable strategy for mixed-use development in at least one key area surrounding Ohio State’s campuses.
The board approved the following personnel appointments and reappointments:
- Melinda Church has been named vice president of marketing and communications in the office of University Advancement, through March 2, 2018.
- Sharon Davies has been named professor and holder of The Gregory H. Williams Chair in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties in the Moritz College of Law, through June 30, 2018.
- Andraea Douglass has been named vice president for Talent, Culture and Human Resources in the Office of Human Resources, through Feb. 24, 2016
- Guoqiang Li has been named associate professor and holder of the Irene D. Hirsch Chair in Ophthalmology in the College of Medicine, through Feb. 28, 2017.
- Octavio Ramilo has been named professor and holder of the Henry G. Cramblett Chair in Medicine in the College of Medicine, through Oct. 31, 2014.
- Gregory Rose has been named interim dean and director of OSU Lima, effective July 1, through June 30, 2014.
- Cheryl Achterberg has been reappointed dean of the College of Education and Human Ecology, through June 30, 2018.
- James Allen has been reappointed professor and holder of the Battelle Professorship in Inhalation Therapeutics in the College of Medicine, through June 30, 2016.
- Arnab Chakravarti has been reappointed professor and holder of the Max Morehouse Chair in Cancer Research in the College of Medicine, through June 30, 2017.
- Mary Fontana has been reappointed associate professor and holder of the Harry C. and Mary Elizabeth Powelson Professorship in Medicine in the College of Medicine, through June 30, 2017.
- Gerald Frankel has been reappointed professor and holder of The Det Norske Veritas (DNV) Designated Chair in Materials Science and Engineering in the College of Engineering, through June 30, 2018.
- Maura Gillson has been reappointed professor and holder of The Jeg Coughlin Chair in Cancer Research in the Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, through Dec. 31, 2017.
- Robert Gustafson has been reappointed professor and holder of the Honda Designated Professorship in Engineering in the College of Engineering, through June 30, 2017.
- Janice Kiecolt-Glaser has been reappointed professor and holder of the S. Robert Davis Chair of Medicine in the College of Medicine, through June 30, 2016.
- Herbert Newton has been reappointed professor and holder of the Esther Dardinger Endowed Chair in Neuro-Oncology in the Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, through June 30, 2016.
- David Schuller has been reappointed professor and holder of The John W. Wolfe Chair in Cancer Research in the Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, through June 30, 2016.
- Theodoros Teknos has been reappointed professor and holder of the David E. Schuller, MD and Carole Schuller Chair in Otolaryngology in the College of Medicine, through July 31, 2016.
Credentialing process approved
Trustees approved the use of an expedited credentialing process for the Wexner Medical Center Board to approve eligible applicants for clinical privileges and medical staff appointments consistent with established criteria when necessary. Both the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and the Medical Staff Bylaws of The Ohio State University Hospitals and The James Cancer Hospital require timely processing of medical staff applications for appointment and reappointment. The expedited approval process allows the work to continue in a timely manner if the Medical Center Board does not have a regular meeting scheduled.
The board authorized the university to enter into professional service contracts and/or construction contracts for the following projects:
Newark – Science and Technology Building. This project will construct an approximately 60,000 square-foot building that will contain biological and physical sciences labs, classrooms and academic support space for use by OSU Newark and Central Ohio Technical College.
Trustees approved a professional service contract for $1.6 million. Total project budget is $25 million to be provided by state appropriations and general funds.
Street and bridge maintenance. This project will upgrade streets and bridges around campus including Defiance Drive; Bevis-Scott-Pressey halls area; Neil Avenue from Pomerene Hall to South Oval Drive; Hagerty Drive; 18th Avenue from Tuttle Park Place; Service Annex Drive A from Kenny Road to the Refuse Station; Herrick Drive bridge; and Woody Hayes Drive from Olentangy River to Herrick Drive.
Trustees approved professional services and construction contracts for $7.6 million to be provided by university bond proceeds, auxiliary and general funds.
Self-Insurance Board reappointments
Trustees approved the reappointments of Reed Fraley, Dimon McFerson, Hagop Mekhjian and Gary Katz to the Self-Insurance Board for terms ending April 30, 2015.
Instructional fee established
Trustees approved the establishment of a differential instructional fee and non-resident surcharge for the graduate minor Business in Health Sciences. Established in December 2012, it will be marketed to students seeking degrees in Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Optometry, Pharmacy and Veterinary Medicine.
The purpose of this minor is to provide Health Sciences graduate students with access to business training that will serve them well in their careers on a schedule that does not extend their time to completion of the degree. In particular, the Fisher College of Business and the College of Veterinary Medicine are partnering to market the program.
The business minor courses will be offered during the summer and are designed to be completed after two consecutive summer terms, with the first classes beginning in summer 2013.
The board approved an instructional fee of $1,605 per credit hour, and a non-resident surcharge is $5 per term.
Trustees approved amendment of the existing board policy regarding review and approval of facilities improvement projects and real estate transactions. The goal of the action is to streamline processes during the planning, design and construction phases of facilities improvement projects, resulting in gained efficiencies and cost savings.
The changes empower the senior vice president for Administration and Planning with the responsibility and requisite authority for contracting for the university for any energy-saving contract estimated to cost less than $4 million in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations. This includes authorization for the project including site selection, design, construction and any services needed, except as specifically noted in the authorization resolution.
Trustees approved a sublease with Integrated Wellness Partners in New Albany. The 20-year sublease, with options for three five-year renewal periods, will allow Wexner Medical Center Ambulatory Care permission to lease more than 38,000 square feet of space in a facility on Main Street and Village Hall Drive.
Located in downtown New Albany, the project will include a multi-dimensional outpatient facility that brings together a wide range of clinical outpatient services, physicians and rehabilitation services in an effort to improve the health and lives of the community.
Resolutions in memoriam
The board adopted resolutions in memoriam for the following:
- Earl Brown, professor emeritus in the Department of Geography, who died Feb. 22.
- Sidney Chafetz, professor emeritus of Art in the College of Arts and Sciences, who died Jan. 12.
- Mathew Herban III, associate professor emeritus in the Department of History of Art, who died Feb. 16.
- Thorvald (Kris) Kristoffersen, professor emeritus of the Department of Food Science and Technology in the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, who died Jan. 25.
- Richard Lanese, professor emeritus of Epidemiology and Public Health in the College of Public Health, who died Dec. 23.
- James Pantalos, professor emeritus in the College of Social Work, who died Jan. 11.
- Charles Ross, associate professor emeritus in the College of Social Work, who died Feb. 12.
- John Rule, professor emeritus of History, who died Jan. 12.
- Robert Schwartz, professor emeritus of Art in the College of Arts and Sciences, who died Jan. 23.
- Alfred Stockum, associate professor emeritus of Radiology in the College of Medicine, who died Jan. 8.
- Ann Sullivan, instructor emeritus in the University Libraries, who died Feb. 11.
Bylaws and rules amended
The board approved amendments to the Rules of the University Faculty.