I have been privileged to serve as the university's provost for the past five years, but the time has come to prepare for a transition. So, with President Johnson's support, I am writing today to share that I will be stepping down from this role at the end of June 2021.
Together over the past five years, we have generated tremendous accomplishments in pursuit of our land-grant mission.
We've launched initiatives such as the Teaching Support Program and the Digital Flagship that have advanced excellence in teaching and learning. We have built an entire infrastructure to support convergent research, with examples such as the Translational Data Analytics Institute and interdisciplinary spaces that further support scholarship in the arts, the health sciences and research. And we have started construction on the West Campus Innovation District, where new opportunities will abound for students, faculty and staff to engage in new ways with community and industry partners.
These examples — I could provide so many more — demonstrate that our momentum is strong and building. Ohio State was at the center of every significant conversation in higher education before the pandemic, and our response Together As Buckeyes has only enhanced our reputation as a community that harnesses our exceptional talent and expertise in impactful ways.
I am announcing my transition now so that the university can prepare for an orderly process to identify and seat the next provost. In the meantime, I will remain focused on the opportunities in front of us over the next seven months. I look forward to rejoining my colleagues in the Department of Entomology and the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences as a home base for continuing to advance our impact at Ohio State and across higher education.
Thank you for your support over the past five years and during the coming months. I have always been a Buckeye, and I am proud to be part of this community.
Bruce A. McPheron, PhD
Executive Vice President and Provost