McPheron to serve as interim Ohio State provost

Ohio State University President Michael V. Drake on Nov. 18 named Bruce McPheron interim executive vice president and provost, effective Dec. 2.

For the past three years, McPheron has served as vice president for agricultural administration and dean of CFAES.

He will serve in the interim position while the university conducts a national search for a successor to Executive Vice President and Provost Joseph Steinmetz, who will become chancellor at the University of Arkansas on Jan. 1, 2016.

“Bruce is a highly respected scholar, teacher and leader who has demonstrated a deep commitment to advancing the academic mission of the university and engaging with the community,” Drake said. “We are most fortunate to have his leadership during this transition period.”

McPheron is a member of the university’s Discovery Themes executive team and served as the 2013-14 chair of the Policy Board of Directors of Agriculture for the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.

An entomologist by training, McPheron joined Ohio State as vice president and dean in November 2012. He oversees more than 3,700 graduate and undergraduate students within the college on the Columbus and Wooster campuses, including Ohio State ATI. He also oversees the research and outreach arms of the college, OSU Extension and OARDC, encompassing more than 1,700 faculty and staff statewide.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in entomology at Ohio State and a master’s degree in biology and doctorate in entomology at the University of Illinois.

As part of his focus on positioning the college to help Ohio plan for the future, McPheron launched the Field to Faucet initiative in 2014, a statewide collaborative effort led by Ohio State faculty and staff intended to ensure that all Ohioans have access to clean drinking water.

While McPheron serves as interim provost, Ron Hendrick, senior associate dean and professor, will assume the post of interim dean of CFAES.

‘Honored, tremendously excited’

Here is Dean McPheron’s Nov. 18 statement to faculty and staff about his new appointment:

“I am honored to have this opportunity and am tremendously excited to engage in the broad work of the university. Over the past three years, our college has accomplished a tremendous amount, and each of you has played an important part in its success. I have no doubt that the strong upward trajectory we have begun will only continue in the coming months.

“I am pleased to share with you that Ron Hendrick has agreed to serve as acting vice president for agricultural administration and dean of CFAES. Most of you know Ron and his unwavering commitment to the success of our college. This commitment, coupled with his deep understanding of CFAES, leads me to have tremendous confidence in Ron’s leadership.

“None of us lead alone. Ron will work with a terrific team of leaders, and their energy will be complemented by your excellence in carrying out our teaching, research and outreach missions.”