Online learning leadership announcement

From the Provost — May 17, 2023

Online learning leadership announcement

Dear Colleagues,

I am delighted to share that Jason Lemon will be our first vice provost and dean for online learning at Ohio State. Jason joins us from the University of Cincinnati (UC), where he is vice provost and dean of UC Online. He will begin his appointment on July 6.

As vice provost and dean, Jason will provide oversight and strategic leadership for the growth and expansion of Ohio State’s online learning programs. His work will align with Ohio State’s Academic Plan and our focus to create and implement a transformative, learner-centric vision for online education. Critical to this work is building an enhanced, shared infrastructure to advance the online student experience and enhance partnerships with the colleges for their online programs. 

At UC, Jason served as the founding leader of the university’s online education unit. Under his leadership, UC Online has transformed into a robust platform for online education and innovation. Since 2018, UC Online has scaled from 14 online programs serving 1,800 students to 115 programs with nearly 8,000 students. He also led the transition away from vendor supported online programs to an in-house shared service model that has accelerated conversion rates, enrollments, program offerings, and partnerships with colleges to enhance and support their online educational offerings. Prior to UC, Jason served in online and professional studies leadership roles at the University of San Diego and UC Berkeley. 

Jason will join a dedicated team of Ohio State colleagues who provide expertise in online education, digital skills, learning technology, and student success for those enrolled in distance learning programs. This includes Ohio State Online, which currently enrolls students through 56 degree and certificate programs.

I am grateful for the assistance of the search advisory committee, chaired by Dean David Jenkins in the College of Social Work, which provided valuable counsel and insights throughout the search process.

Please join me in welcoming Jason to Ohio State. 


Melissa L. Gilliam
Executive Vice President and Provost