Briefing Room


Professor tapped to lead presidential advisory committee

August 14, 2013 | Faculty

Professor Deborah Jones Merritt has been asked to lead an advisory subcommittee in the search for the next president of The Ohio State University.

Merritt will convene the subcommittee responsible for representing and seeking input from the university community; delineating the desired qualities, skills, and experiences from the next president; and helping generate the pool of candidates to replace E. Gordon Gee, who retired July 1. In addition to Merritt, the 13-member subcommittee will include faculty members, elected student leaders, staff, and senior administrators. They will report to the Presidential Search Committee, which is being chaired by Jeffrey Wadsworth, a member of the university’s board of trustees.

Merritt is the John Deaver Drinko-Baker & Hostetler Chair in Law at the Moritz College of Law. She has been honored as a Distinguished Lecturer (1999), University Distinguished Scholar (2002), Distinguished Teacher (2009), and recipient of a Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award. From 2000-2005, she directed the John Glenn Institute, now the John Glenn School of Public Affairs.

For more information on the university’s presidential search, click here.