The following message was sent to employees of The Ohio State University on Monday, July 19, 2021.
Dear Ohio State Community:
I am excited to share with you today that Dr. Jeff Risinger will serve as Ohio State’s next senior vice president of talent, culture and human resources, effective Monday, August 16.
Dr. Risinger has a deep background shaping cultures and leading higher education, government and corporate human resources organizations. He will join us from Texas A&M University, where he serves as vice president for human resources and organizational effectiveness. At Texas A&M, Dr. Risinger has led efforts to increase diverse recruitment for faculty and staff, created new leadership development and coaching programs, and established human resources as a university-wide strategic partner. He previously served as chief human resources officer and vice chancellor of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, chief human capital officer at the Federal Housing Finance Agency, and chief human capital officer at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Overall, he brings nearly three decades of experience building strategic talent and culture groups to become important partners in their organizations.
As Ohio State’s top advisor on workplace and human resources issues, Dr. Risinger will provide leadership across the university to support our values, help advance our diversity and inclusion efforts, and continue to foster a Buckeye culture that positively impacts our entire community. His appointment is pending approval by the Board of Trustees.
Our thanks go to the university’s search committee of faculty, staff and students led by Senior Vice President and General Counsel Anne Garcia. Their work has led to the best possible choice for this position and our university moving forward. I also want to thank Mr. Paul Patton, who has served as our interim human resources leader for the past several months. We are grateful for his leadership and look forward to his continued guidance as senior advisor to the president.
Our community will have many opportunities to meet Dr. Risinger in the coming weeks. In the meantime, please join me in welcoming him to our Buckeye family!
Kristina M. Johnson, PhD