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Ohio State names new vice provost for academic policy and faculty resources

Kay Wolf began as the vice provost for academic policy and faculty resources Nov. 1. Credit: Courtesy of OSU

Kay Wolf began as the vice provost for academic policy and faculty resources Nov. 1.
Credit: Courtesy of OSU

As Ohio State selected a new vice provost for academic policy and faculty resources, the woman who used to hold that title became vice dean within the College of Arts and Sciences — seemingly a brand-new position.

Kay Wolf — a professor and director of the health sciences and medical dietetics division in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences — is set to assume the role of vice provost, effective Nov. 1, pending Board of Trustees’ approval.

She is set to make $175,008 in her new role, OSU spokeswoman Amy Murray said. Wolf earned a base salary of $140,969 in 2013.

Wolf is set to serve a 50 percent appointment from Nov. 1 through Dec. 31 before becoming full-time Jan. 1, Murray said.

Wolf replaced Susan Williams, who had held the position since April 2009, and will move into the role of vice dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Murray said Williams is the first to serve in the role of vice dean for the college.

Williams will report to College of Arts and Sciences executive dean and vice provost David Manderscheid, Murray said.

Her primary role will be to foster collaboration across divisions and departments in the college and to serve as a special adviser to Manderscheid. She will also focus on faculty affairs at the college level including promotion and tenure, recruitment, diversity and professional development.

Williams — who is also an English professor — is set to make $207,023 in her new role, Murray said. That figure includes her faculty base salary, summer salary and administrative attachment. She earned a base salary of $192,669 in 2013.

Before becoming vice provost April 1, 2009, Williams served as director of graduate studies and interim vice chair in the Department of English.

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Susan Williams, the former vice provost for academic policy and faculty resources, recently transitioned to the position of vice dean within the College of Arts and Sciences. Credit: Courtesy of OSU

Williams said she is excited to bring her experience of supporting faculty across the university to her new role.

“I am passionate about the continuing importance of the arts and sciences to Ohio State’s land grant mission and to the nation, and I am grateful to have the opportunity to focus my efforts on the college by coordinating faculty resources and supporting cross-college collaborations,” she said in a Monday evening email.

Wolf said she is eager to start in her new role.

“I am honored to serve as the vice-provost of academic policy and faculty resources.  I believe in Ohio State and look forward to contributing faculty and students through my new position,” she said in an emailed statement.

Wolf — who has been a faculty member since 1989 — does research on medical dietetics and self-efficacy in chronic disease and food security. She continues to teach undergraduate and graduate courses and has served on a number of committees within the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and in the College of Medicine.

In addition, Wolf has served three terms in University Senate where she co-chaired a subcommittee within the Council on Academic Affairs and served for two years as that council’s chair.

The Board is set to meet Wednesday through Friday.

Editor’s note: Kay Wolf’s statement was added to this story Nov. 11.

One comment

  1. The overpaid bureaucracy at my alma mater is embarrassing. PLEASE take a look at the link to the organizational chart. And that is just for Arts and Sciences!! Is it not time for the bureaucrats to pull more of a workload, and cut out much of this fat?? I mean, seriously, will she be doing $170,000 worth of work? I bet the line would weave across the oval for equally qualified people to do it at half that obscene salary. OSU is supposed to be an institution of higher learning, not royalty. . . . and not a word about lowering tuition rates. Students. THIS is where YOUR money is going! The fat cats on the Board of Trustees perpetuate it. They have no concept of spending other people’s money.

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