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Kristina Johnson Appointed as New President of OSU

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The Ohio State University Board of Trustees announced today the appointment of Kristina M. Johnson as the school’s 16th president.

Johnson has served as chancellor of the State University of New York (SUNY) since 2017. Her resume includes leadership positions at Johns Hopkins, Duke University and the University of Colorado at Boulder, as well as extensive work in the private sector and a stint as the under secretary of energy at the U.S. Department of Energy.

“We are pleased beyond measure to welcome Dr. Johnson to Ohio State,” said board chair Gary R. Heminger in a statement. “Her range of knowledge, service and accomplishments across sectors and throughout her career is nothing short of remarkable.”

Johnson will begin her new role at OSU on September 1. Michael Drake, who was appointed president in 2014, announced his plan to retire last fall.

“Ohio State has always been a special place to me – well beyond its standing as one of the most respected teaching, research and patient-care institutions in the world,” Johnson said. “I am humbled to be selected to lead this great land-grant university, and I look forward to meeting with students, faculty and staff to begin our work together.”

Johnson holds a BS, MS and PhD in electrical engineering from Stanford University.

For more information, visit news.osu.edu.

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