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Kasich to reappoint Wexner to Board of Trustees

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Gov. John Kasich reappointed Leslie Wexner as the chairman of the Ohio State University Board of Trustees Tuesday, Kasich’s spokesman Rob Nichols confirmed to The Lantern.

Wexner’s current term was scheduled to end on May 13.

Wexner was appointed to the Board of Trustees in December 2005. He previously served on the board from 1988-1997 and served as chairman of the board from 1996-1997, according to the Board of Trustees website.

Wexner, who founded Limited Brands, also serves as the chairman and CEO of the company, which includes Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Body Works and C.O. Bigelow.

On Feb. 16, Wexner and Limited Brands announced a $100 million donation to OSU, the largest philanthropic gift in OSU history, said Tom Katzenmeyer, senior vice president of university communications.

Shelly Hoffman, assistant vice president for media relations at OSU, said Wexner’s gift will be spread out across a nine-year period, to be completed in 2020, with $20 million being donated this year. Wexner and his wife, Abigail, personally donated $65 million of the total donation, Hoffman said. The remaining $35 million of the donation is from the Limited Brands Foundation.

Spokespeople for the Limited Brands and OSU did not immediately return requests for comment Tuesday evening regarding Wexner’s reappointment. 

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