Leadership announcement

From the Provost — August 15, 2022

Leadership announcement

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to share that I am appointing Ryan J. Schmiesing as senior vice provost for external engagement. He begins his new role today, August 15.

As senior vice provost, Ryan will lead our external engagement strategy that connects Ohio State expertise, scholarship, and service to local, statewide, national, and international communities. He will also provide leadership of regional campus strategy and operations in partnership with our campus deans and directors.

Since 2019, Ryan has served as Ohio State’s vice provost for outreach and engagement. In leading our Office of Outreach and Engagement and a portfolio of regional and statewide external engagement initiatives, Ryan has deepened partnerships and enhanced impact across the university and in our communities. He created several funding and recognition programs, including an internal grant program focused on assessing community-university programs and partnerships and the OSU Engages awards program. He established a university-wide community of practice for faculty engaged in community-based research. Ryan coordinates the Ohio State Energy Partnership internal grants program, which has awarded more than $2.4 million to faculty, staff, and students. He also led the first external review of the regional campuses.

Prior to leading outreach and engagement, Ryan served first as associate vice provost and then as vice provost for strategic planning and implementation. In these roles, he supported the development of the Time and Change strategic plan and built an aligned review process for college and program strategic plans. He is on the faculty of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and served in progressive administrative positions. For 12 years, he was an educator and administrator for Ohio 4-H Youth Development in Ohio State University Extension, which connects the university’s knowledge and resources across Ohio. Among his many accomplishments with 4-H, he facilitated the project planning for the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center.

Please join me in congratulating Ryan as he steps into this expanded leadership position. In coordinating our engagement and impact, Ryan will work closely with Gil Latz, vice provost for global strategies and international affairs, as well as the incoming vice provost for urban research and community engagement and the vice provost for the arts. I also share my thanks with the search advisory committee for their input during this search process. 


Melissa L. Gilliam
Executive Vice President and Provost