LIMA — In 2014, The Ohio State University welcomes a new president at the main campus and should be welcoming a new dean to the Lima branch.
Dr. Michael Drake, who has served as chancellor at the University of California Irvine since 2005, is slated to start June 30 as the new president of the university. The medical doctor, who is a member of the Institute of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, will be OSU’s 15th president and first African-American to lead the university.
At Ohio State, he will oversee spending $1.1 billion to expand the Wexner Medical Center, which will include a new cancer hospital, research institute and critical care center. He also will oversee Ohio State’s ongoing $2.5 billion campaign, which has one goal of providing scholarships and financial aid to help make education affordable.
Before working as chancellor at UC Irvine, he served as vice president for health affairs for the University of California system and served more than 20 years as a faculty member at the UC San Francisco School of Medicine.
OSU-Lima interim Dean Gregory Rose said the goal at the Lima branch is to have a new dean and director in charge of the campus this summer. Rose, who serves as dean of the Marion campus, was named interim dean of the Lima campus to replace John Snyder, who resigned in June 2013 after his second term.
“The search is underway, the committee is in place, and the job description is out or is just about to be placed in publications,” said Rose, who served as dean and director for the OSU-Marion campus since 2004.
Rose began his teaching career in 1982 as assistant professor of geography at OSU-Marion. He earned his master’s and doctorate degrees at Michigan State University and his bachelor’s degrees in geography and history from Valparaiso University in Indiana.
The search committee for a new dean was finalized on Jan. 10, and Dr. William L. MacDonald, dean and director of OSU-Newark and executive dean of the regional campuses, was named to serve as chair of the committee.
Future plans also include a new building for approximately 1,100 students who attend the branch campus.
“We are having an initial planning meeting with the architects about the Student Life Building that we are going to be getting underway here fairly soon we hope,” Rose said about a meeting held Feb. 17. “It will be a combination of some student workout space and some student gathering space. We are still working our way through the details.”
The plans are in the very early stages, so no start or completion date has been set.
“As part of the conversation about engineering and the conversation about degrees and directions for the campus, we are working our way through a strategic planning process right now to talk about what our ideas are and where do we want to go in the future,” Rose said.
The strategic plan started with offering a first-year engineering program before students can move on to take classes at the main campus.
“This is our second year of our first-year engineering program,” Rose said. “We have 50 students this year, and we will add another cohort for next year so that will take us to 75. We are looking at adding courses which might take us into the second year; we have some conversations still going on about that one.”
Another program enables students to earn a bachelor’s degree in social work. The campus already has 11 programs of study where a student can earn a bachelor’s degree.
“We began the bachelor’s in social work courses this fall, and it is just starting out so we have some space for growth,” Rose said. “We had third-year courses this fall, and next year the third- and fourth-year courses will be available. I think that is a positive for us. We have an articulation agreement with Rhodes State College, so that their students can come into the program after they have got their two-year human services degree and continue on to get their four-year degree.”
Another academic opportunity is the “growing internship program on the campus,” where administrators and teachers look for places for students to do internships over the summer or during the regular year.
“We are working on a collaborative grant with the university and a couple of other regional universities to support that and provide some funding for the students as well as the internship sites,” Rose said.
A OSU police officer is new and is already on campus serving the Lima branch and Rhodes State College.