Governor names Elizabeth Harsh an Ohio State Trustee

Elizabeth Harsh

By Matt Marx

COLUMBUS, Ohio—Congratulations to college alumna Elizabeth A. Harsh, who has been appointed to The Ohio State University Board of Trustees.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine appointed Harsh, executive director of the Ohio Beef Council and the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, to a term as trustee that began Aug. 12 and ends May 13, 2029.

“I look forward to this exciting and challenging opportunity to help contribute to the continued success of The Ohio State University,” Harsh said. “Ohio State has always held such a special place in my life, with my family and my career, and I welcome this new role with great anticipation.”

The board of trustees has full fiduciary authority for both the university’s academic and health sciences organizations, and oversees academic programs, budgets, general administration, and employment of faculty and staff.

Harsh, of Radnor, Ohio, graduated from Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) with a BS in animal sciences in 1983. In college, she competed on Ohio State’s general livestock judging team.

“We are delighted to hear of Elizabeth’s appointment to the board of trustees. As a graduate of CFAES and strong advocate for Ohio agriculture, she will represent Ohio’s premier land-grant institution well, and be a strong voice for all Ohioans. Elizabeth has a keen understanding of our state, the importance of education and scientific research, and is a proponent of public-private partnerships,” said Cathann A. Kress, Ohio State vice president for agricultural administration and CFAES dean.

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