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Barbara Snyder Named OSU Provost

A Columbus native and OSU undergraduate, Provost Snyder received her law degree from the University of Chicago where she served as executive editor of the Chicago Law Review. Following law school, she clerked for Judge Luther M. Swygert of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and practiced with the firm of Sidley & Austin in Chicago. In 1983, she joined the law faculty at Case Western Reserve University, moving to Ohio State in 1988.

Barbara Snyder and Nancy Rapaport
The Class of 1997 honored Barbara and Nancy Rapoport, left, as Outstanding Professors.

At Ohio State, Barbara taught evidence and co-authored Ohio Evidence and the Ohio Rules of Evidence Handbook. In addition, she taught family law and constitutional law. A gifted teacher, she shared outstanding professor honors with Professor Nancy Rapoport in 1997. She succeeded Nancy Rogers as associate dean for academic affairs at Moritz in 2000, and again in 2001, when Barbara moved into the vice provost for the Office of Academic Affairs opening created when Nancy left the post to assume the deanship at Moritz.

As vice provost and as interim provost, Barbara handled a number of challenging assignments. She led the ultimately successful effort to get a university rule authorizing a clinical faculty track for colleges outside the health services. On special assignment as interim vice president for university relations until a permanent replacement was named, Barbara maintained the momentum of public relations within Ohio and throughout the nation. Working with human resources, Barbara worked to create a paid parental leave for faculty and staff that will be implemented in the fall of 2004. Barbara was asked by President Holbrook to direct the implementation of the President's leadership agenda to help Ohio State achieve distinction as a research university through cutting-edge interdisciplinary scholarship.

OSU President Karen Holbrook says of Barbara's appointment, "In formulating the qualifications of a provost at the beginning of our search, I listed several traits: proven leadership ability; an understanding of the university and its strengths and weaknesses; a strong commitment to diversity and our Academic Plan; the respect of the entire campus community; and a strong working relationship with each of the university's constituencies. I have every faith and confidence that Barbara is the person who best demonstrates those characteristics." Barbara's many friends at Moritz agree.