President Michael V. Drake has named Dr. Bruce A. McPheron to serve as interim executive vice president and provost for The Ohio State University, effective Dec. 2.
For the last three years, McPheron has served as the vice president for agricultural administration and dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). He addressed Ohio State graduates at summer commencement in August.
"He is a highly respected researcher, teacher and leader who has demonstrated a deep commitment to advancing the academic mission of the university and engaging with the community," President Drake said of Dr. McPheron in an email to Ohio State students, faculty and staff.
McPheron will serve in the interim position while the university conducts a national search for a successor to Executive Vice President and Provost Joseph Steinmetz, who will become chancellor at the University of Arkansas on Jan. 1, 2016.
Named acting vice president for agricultural administration and CFAES dean, effective Dec. 2, is Senior Associate Dean and Professor Ron Hendrick, who has worked in the college since 2009.