Search Advisory Committee for the Senior Vice President for Student Life

The following email was sent to Student Life staff on Thursday, April 4, 2019

Dear Colleagues:

As we move through the spring semester and start celebrating Dr. J's many accomplishments, I want to update you on the search process for the next Senior Vice President for Student Life. Our priority is to find a national leader who can join us as soon as possible and who will continue to work with all of you in advancing the extraordinary student experience at The Ohio State University.

We selected Keight Tucker Kennedy from the search firm Isaacson Miller to be our consultant partner on this search. Keight brings diverse experiences to her practice and has worked on both presidential and student affairs searches across the country. I look forward to working with her and identifying our next Student Life leader. She is spending time on campus this week to learn more about the opportunity from people within Student Life and across the university.

I have appointed a search advisory committee that I met with for the first time yesterday. The group includes Student Life representatives and other key constituents, and will be critical to the success of our process. Gene Smith, senior vice president and Wolfe Foundation Endowed Athletics Director, will chair the search committee. Below is a full list of committee members:

Gene Smith, Chair
Senior Vice President and Wolfe Foundation Endowed Athletics Director

Jim Smith
Senior Vice President, President and CEO, The Ohio State University Alumni Association

James L. Moore III
Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer, Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Beth V. Hume
Vice Provost, Student Academic Success and Dean of Undergraduate Education

Andrew Jordan
ARC Coordinator, Office of Student Life

Xen Riggs
Associate Vice President of Business Advancement, Office of Business and Finance

Bernadette Melnyk
Dean and Professor at the College of Nursing, Vice President for Health Promotion and Chief Wellness Officer

Amy Burgess
Assistant Vice President, Administration and Planning

Tatiana Suspitsyna
Associate Professor, College of Education and Human Ecology

Anne Schira
Associate General Counsel, Office of Legal Affairs

Jordan Fuller

Janice Bonsu
Student and Graduate Student Trustee

Kate Greer
Student and USG President

Molly Calhoun
Sr. Associate Vice President, Office of Student Life

Ryan Lovell
Sr. Director of Parent/Family Relations and Greek Life, Office of Student Life

Wendy Smooth
Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, College of Arts and Sciences

Susan Basso, Senior Vice President for Talent, Culture and Human Resources

Thank you again for all you do to support our students. Through your efforts, we have had another great year at Ohio State. I am very proud of our university's many accomplishments.

Go Bucks!


Michael V. Drake, MD