President's and Provost's Advisory Committee


The President’s and Provost’s Advisory Committee (PPAC) consists of faculty at The Ohio State University who hold the position of Ohio Eminent Scholar or University Distinguished Professor. The committee has a threefold mission:

  1. To promote excellence in research and other scholarly activities at The Ohio State University
  2. To support efforts by the Ohio State administration, faculty and staff to improve the quality and reputation of the university
  3. To promote experimentation with changes that could enhance the functioning of the university in its missions of teaching, research and service


The PPAC carries out this mission through participating in activities that contribute its collective expertise to university-wide issues. Activities that support this mission include:

  • Review of draft documents that may have important impact on research and other scholarly activities
  • Meetings with high-level administrators
  • Monitoring of major change efforts at the university
  • Service by PPAC members on key task forces and committees
  • Preparation of white papers on issues of importance to the university

Current Members

Barbara L. Andersen

Julia Andrews 

Michael G. Bevis

Janet Box-Steffensmeier

Gregory A. Caldeira

Ruth Colker

Carlo M. Croce  

Richard Dick

Liang-Shih Fan

Hamish Fraser

Avner Friedman

Fritz Graf

Dorota Grejner-Brzezinska

P. Christopher Hammel

Tina Henkin

Joseph P. Heremans

Wendy S. Hesford

Robert Holub

Brian D. Joseph

Janice K. Kiecolt-Glaser

A. Douglas Kinghorn

Christopher S. Kochanek

Bern Kohler

Rattan Lal

Clark Larsen

William Marras

Karin Musier-Forsyth

Susan V. Olesik

Stephen Osmani

Umit Ozkan

Andre Palmer

Geoffrey Parker

Richard E. Petty

James P. Phelan

Roger Ratcliff

Yasuko Rikihisa

Steven Ringel

Linda Saif

Frank Schwartz

Ness Shroff

Ellen Mosley Thompson

Lonnie G. Thompson

David Weinberg

Vicki Wysocki

Emeritus Members

Charles M. Atkinson

Gregory R. Baker

Bharat Bhushan

Marilyn B. Brewer

Martha Chamallas

James Cowan

Kevin R. Cox

Jennifer Crocker

Peter W. Culicover

Frank C. De Lucia

David Denlinger

Joshua Dressler

Prabir Dutta

David O. Edwards

Harvey Friedman

Harvey J. Graff

Ann Hamilton

Ulrich W. Heinz

Susan L. Huntington

George F. Martin Jr.

Noel Mayo

Terry A. Miller

Michael Paulaitis

Robert Rapp

George R. St. Pierre

Richard Steckel 

Julian F. Thayer

J. Robert Warmbrod

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Leadership and Committees

The Ohio State University is a large and diverse institution that benefits from the insight and engagement of a variety of stakeholders.