From the Provost — April 19, 2017

Leadership Announcement

April 19, 2017

University Community

Bruce A. McPheron, PhD
Executive Vice President and Provost 

Leadership Announcement

I am pleased to share the news that Ryan J. Schmiesing, PhD, associate professor in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and associate provost in the Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) has accepted our offer to serve as the Vice Provost for Strategic Planning and Implementation.  Subject to approval by the Board of Trustees, his appointment is effective on May 1, 2017.

During the past year, Ryan has facilitated student, faculty and staff engagement in the input process for the university’s strategic plan.  He has also been engaged in a variety of other initiatives, including strategic planning for colleges and the university’s Senior Management Council.  Previously, he served as assistant dean and senior administrative officer in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

His research and published work in peer-reviewed journals focus on volunteer leadership and management, particularly related to university extension education.  He has been a frequently invited speaker at local, state and national conferences on these topics and received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents Association.

Throughout his career, he has focused on, and led efforts related to, program and strategic planning, as well as improved organizational operations.  With more than 20 years of experience in higher education, he has also worked at state and federal levels in program, youth and volunteer development.

As vice provost, his new role will include, yet is not limited to, stewardship of strategic planning and implementation; responsibility for academic unit and program reviews; oversight and supervision of the Office of Energy and Environment; and liaison to provide operational and planning support for the university’s five regional campuses.

Ryan began his undergraduate experience at Ohio State’s Lima campus and earned his BS, MS, and PhD at The Ohio State University.

Please join me in congratulating Ryan.  I look forward to working with Ryan in his new role as we move forward with the university’s ambitious agenda.