Katherine M. Lasher, JD, assumed the role of associate vice president for Ohio State's Office of Institutional Equity on August 1, 2019. This key leadership position provides oversight of the university’s response to reports of sexual- and gender-based harassment, violence and other forms of discrimination and harassment.
Lasher's record of achievement aligns with the improvements Ohio State has made in recent years. Prior to her arrival at Ohio State, she served since 2013 as senior leader of the Office of Civil Rights and Institutional Equity, Title IX coordinator and affirmative action officer at Central Michigan University. During her tenure there, Lasher:
- Developed and implemented the university’s first comprehensive sexual misconduct policy for students, faculty and staff.
- Directed the development of harassment, discrimination and sexual misconduct awareness training programs.
- Improved and expanded tracking and case management systems.
- Led an initiative to require training for incoming first-year students on healthy relationships, consent and bystander intervention.
Before she was hired by Central Michigan in 2012, Lasher was an attorney with Graydon Head & Ritchey, LLP in Cincinnati. Lasher was also previously a judicial law clerk for the First District Court of Appeals in Ohio for Judge J. Howard Sundermann and a judicial law clerk for the Office of Administrative Law Judges.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology and a Juris Doctor from the University of Cincinnati, which honored her with the Nicholas J. Longworth III Alumni Achievement Award for her contributions to the College of Law.