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Moritz Professor Snyder Named Interim OSU Provost

Barbara Snyder

For the interim position, President Holbrook said she wanted to select an individual with leadership ability; an understanding of operations in the Office of Academic Affairs; the respect of faculty, staff, students, deans, vice presidents, and a strong working relationship with each group; an understanding about the university, and the Academic and Diversity plans; and an effective working relationship with the Board of Trustees, the University Senate and the student governments.

"All of these criteria describe Barbara Snyder," Holbrook said. "I personally look forward to working with her in this role and know that Ohio State will benefit greatly from her leadership."

Snyder is a vice provost in the Office of Academic Affairs and professor in the Moritz College of Law. A 1976 Ohio State graduate, she earned a law degree from the University of Chicago and practiced law in Chicago. She has been a member of the law faculty here since 1988, and currently holds the Joanne W. Murphy/Class of 1965 Professorship in the Moritz College of Law. From 2000 to 2001, she served as the college's associate dean for academic affairs.

Snyder was named to her current academic affairs position in August 2001. In that position, she works closely with the Office of Human Resources to manage academic personnel appointments, leaves, and promotion and tenure review. She also coordinates searches, evaluations and appointments of deans, directors and chairs, as well as a number of faculty and staff recognition programs.

Search committee selected

President Holbrook has appointed an 18-member committee to head the search for a new senior vice president and provost. Glen Hoffsis, dean and professor of veterinary medicine and executive dean of health sciences, will chair the search committee. The search process will get under way this summer, and the committee is expected to have a new provost selected by the beginning of 2004.

"The selection of a search committee to conduct a national search is very important to the institution. The members need to be broadly representative of the constituency that reports directly to the provost, understand the academic mission and goals of Ohio State, and will convey to the university community, as well as the outside community, that this is a very serious, important and entirely open and unbiased search," Holbrook said. "I have thus identified what I believe is an outstanding group of individuals to represent Ohio State and to recruit, screen and identify the very best candidates."

Members of the committee are: Deborah Ballam, professor of business; Paul Beck, chair and professor of political science; Joseph Branin, director of University Libraries; Bernard Erven, professor of agricultural, environmental, and development economics; Evelyn Freeman, director and professor of teaching and learning; William Hall, vice president for student affairs; Joan Herbers, dean of biological sciences; Kerry Hodak, graduate student and vice president of the Council of Graduate Students; Douglas Lance, chair of the University Staff Advisory Committee; L. James Lee, professor of chemical engineering and director of the NSF Center for Advanced Polymer and Composite Engineering; William McDaniel, professor of African-American and African studies and music, and director of jazz studies; Deborah Merritt, director of the John Glenn Institute for Public Service and Public Policy and John Deaver Drinko-Baker & Hostetler professor of law; Terry Miller, Ohio Eminent Scholar and professor of physical chemistry; Electra Paskett, chair and professor of cancer research in the School of Public Health; Stephen Pinsky, professor of physics and chair of the University Senate Steering Committee; David Schuller, director of the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute; and Mac Stewart, vice provost for minority affairs.

Elizabeth Conlisk, director of media relations, will serve as interim vice president for university relations after Snyder leaves the post at the end of this month. Conlisk will hold the position until William Murphy, the newly named vice president, joins the university on Sept. 2.

Article by Shannon Wingard, Media Relations in the July 24, 2003 issue of OSU's on-Campus magazine.