Ryan J. Schmiesing, PhD, began his appointment as vice provost for outreach and engagement on February 1, 2019, having previously served as vice provost for strategic planning and implementation. He was named interim senior vice provost in August 2021.
As vice provost, his role includes, yet is not limited to, leadership for Ohio States outreach and engagement portfolio, operational and planning support with regional campuses, and support and supervision for the Sustainability Institute and the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity. In previous roles within the Office of Academic Affairs, he supported strategic planning at the college and university levels and provided leadership for academic program reviews.
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.
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.
Ryan began his undergraduate experience at Ohio State's Lima campus and earned his BS, MS, and PhD from The Ohio State University.