The majority of nominees submitted to date have been internal candidates, but external candidates will be considered if there are no qualified internal candidates willing to serve. Given the feedback submitted so far, there is a strong interest in appointing an interim president who has existing knowledge of the university and is able to maintain momentum on Strategic Plan 4.0 and other key initiatives of the university. In light of these needs, internal candidates are preferred.

Since the Board wants a diverse and talented pool of candidates to consider for the permanent position, the Board is open to allowing the interim to apply.

Yes. The Board Chair will announce the recommended nominee during the week of April 12.


The start date will depend on final negotiations on terms with the selected nominee. The Board will strive to have the interim appointment begin as soon possible.

The Board anticipates a 12-month appointment for the interim president position. This duration provides time for the Board to conduct a retrospective and gather input on the entire 2019 search process, gather feedback from the community, and then set a course for the next presidential recruitment and selection process. The Board will also conduct an independent review of the due diligence used in the 2019 search to inform its recruitment and selection processes going forward.

In advance of the Board meeting at which the interim president will be appointed, an open community forum is planned with the recommended nominee. The forum will provide an opportunity for the OSU community to hear a brief statement from the nominee and ask questions. The Board will also provide an opportunity to give comment on the recommended nominee.

The Board of Trustees’ efforts to appoint an interim president began with the March 29 launch of this webpage summarizing the process. From March 29 through April 9, community members provided feedback on the needed areas of focus for the interim president, as well as nominations. This survey feedback and conversations with OSU academic leaders, Faculty Senate leaders, student leaders, staff, administrators, and others indicate that OSU community members and stakeholders want an interim president who knows the university well and supports its strategic plan, vision, and current initiatives, and who is committed to shared governance. Many have stressed the need for an experienced individual who is able to engender trust and confidence within the university community as we conduct a search for a permanent president.