Interim leader named for Office of Institutional Equity

From the Provost — November 5, 2020

Interim leader named for Office of Institutional Equity


I am pleased to announce that Keesha Mitchell, JD, will join the university as interim associate vice president for the Office of Institutional Equity, effective Nov. 23. 

Keesha is a tested and capable public servant, who has served for the last 21 years in the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.  For the last 10 years, Keesha has been the Chief of the health care fraud section, where she has supervised a staff of 120 that included attorneys, investigators and administrative personnel.  With Keesha’s guidance, this unit has been a national leader in investigating and prosecuting cases involving fraud, abuse and neglect.  Keesha has been repeatedly honored for her teamwork and leadership in the attorney general’s office.  She has also been successful in forging critical partnerships with other law enforcement agencies in Ohio and across the United States. 

Before joining the attorney general’s office, Keesha worked for 10 years in the Franklin County Public Defender’s Office, where she focused on assisting juveniles and helping abused and neglected children as a guardian ad litem. 

Keesha is a Buckeye, having earned her JD from the Moritz College of Law after receiving her bachelor’s degree in political science from Mount Holyoke College. 

Keesha is enthusiastic about joining the OIE team. We anticipate that she will serve for 6-8 months in this interim role as we conduct a national search for the permanent leader of the Office of Institutional Equity. 

Thank you again for the critical work that you do each day to serve our students, faculty, and staff. 


Bruce A. McPheron, PhD
Executive Vice President and Provost