From the Provost — October 18, 2017

Whitacre Announces Retirement from Office of Research

Dear Colleagues:

I write to share with you that Dr. Caroline Whitacre has advised me that she will be retiring after 36 years of service to our university on December 31. She recently completed her second term as senior vice president for research.

Dr. Whitacre joined the Ohio State faculty in the College of Medicine in 1981. She has served in a number of leadership positions, including associate VP for health sciences research and vice dean for research in the College of Medicine; director of the School of Biomedical Science; and chair of the Department of Molecular Virology, Immunology and Medical Genetics. She is recognized widely for her scholarship on autoimmune disease and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science as well as a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. As senior VP for research, she has led planning and infrastructure support for our basic and applied research programs. She has helped lead efforts to stimulate research and discoveries that impact communities locally, nationally and globally.

We will be sharing more about transition plans in the coming weeks. Research and creative expression is a key pillar of the university’s strategic plan, and I look forward to our continued work together to uplift and improve lives.

Please join me in wishing Carol our best.


Bruce A. McPheron, PhD
Executive Vice President and Provost