Introducing Ohio State President Walter "Ted" Carter Jr.

The following message was shared with all Ohio State students, faculty and staff on Tuesday, August 22, 2023.


Dear Ohio State Community:

I am excited to share with you the news that Walter “Ted” Carter Jr. has been appointed as the next president of The Ohio State University.

A nationally respected, collaborative and compassionate leader, President Carter brings almost 40 years of experience in higher education and the United States Navy. He comes to Ohio State from the University of Nebraska System, where he currently serves as president, and he joined us today for a public meeting of the Board of Trustees.

At Nebraska, he oversees four campuses, the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and a community of almost 70,000 students, faculty and staff. President Carter has been a tireless advocate for students and families, championing efforts to create greater access and affordability while focusing on partnerships and programs that expand research and innovation, scholarship, teaching and training, workforce development and more.

Prior to his tenure at Nebraska, he led both the U.S. Naval Academy and U.S. Naval War College. He is a graduate of the Navy Fighter Weapons School, known as Top Gun, and retired as a vice admiral after 38 years of service and more than 6,300 flying hours logged. He holds educational credentials from the Navy Nuclear Power School, the U.S. Air Force Air War College, the Naval War College and the Armed Forces Staff College.

President Carter will begin his new role as Ohio State’s president on January 1, 2024. Until that time, the Board of Trustees has named Peter Mohler as acting president, effective immediately. Dr. Mohler, executive vice president for research, innovation and knowledge, will work with President Carter and the board to ensure a smooth transition into the new year.

For more details on today’s announcement, please see Ohio State News.

President Carter brings an unparalleled combination of strategic leadership and true service, and we could not be more thrilled to welcome him and his family to Ohio State as we begin a new academic year. We were absolutely determined to find the next great leader of this incredible university, and with input from our campus communities and the highest recommendations from those who have worked with President Carter during his extraordinary career, I believe we have done just that.

We will have several opportunities to welcome and celebrate President Carter and his wife, Lynda, in the new year — and we will continue to share details on the transition moving forward. Until then, have a terrific start to the new semester, Buckeyes!


Hiroyuki Fujita, PhD
Chair, Board of Trustees