Officials say an extra layer of administration and planning will soon be eliminated.
Jay Kasey was named the new senior vice president for administration and planning at Ohio State, said Shelly Hoffman of OSU media relations.
Kasey will be replacing Jeff Kaplan starting June 1. The Lantern reported April 27 that Kaplan was named senior vice president for university development, president of The Ohio State University Foundation and special assistant to the president after the death of Andrew A. Sorensen, who formerly held that position.
Hoffman said Kasey will earn a yearly salary of about $409,000 in his new position.
Kasey has been chief operating officer of the $1.1 billion Medical Center expansion, which will create 10,000 full-time jobs, according to OSU Medical Center’s website.
“I’m good for the job because I have an understanding of the functions of the job,” Kasey told The Lantern. “I’ve been working with Jeff Kaplan for the last three years. And my relationship with the Medical Center will help me work with leaders of the campus to get goals accomplished.”
Kaplan said he recommended Kasey for the job of senior vice president for administration and planning to President E. Gordon Gee.
“We’ve worked with him closely with the Medical Center,” Kaplan told The Lantern. “He was on our overall administration planning team. Everyone saw he could bring a lot of talent to the job.”
Kasey will be responsible for the facilities and space planning of the entire university as well as overseeing Facilities Operations and Development, Physical Planning and Real Estate, Public Safety, Transportation and Parking and UniPrint.
Kaplan said the appointment of Kasey as senior vice president for administration and planning will eliminate an extra layer of administration they have to go through. In his new position, Kasey will do the Medical Center planning and administer university projects.
Gee said in a May 23 press release that Kasey “will help Ohio State to become the national model for the physical integration of large, comprehensive universities.”
Kasey received his undergraduate degree in economics from Wabash College and his master’s degree in health and administration from Washington University.
Kasey, 53, joined OSU in 2007 as chief operating officer of OSU Health System.
He is pursuing a master’s in business operations at OSU’s Fisher College of Business and is scheduled to complete his degree in December.
“I made a commitment at that time when I graduated that I would never stop learning and I mean it,” Kasey said. “I wanted to learn more about production systems, geared primarily toward manufacturing and production. I want to translate that to the business of health care and I’m enjoying it.”