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Ohio State Provost Joseph Alutto to step down

After about six years, Ohio State Provost Joseph Alutto is expected to step down from his position at the university.
Alutto, who also holds the title of executive vice president and serves the university as chief academic officer, is expected to leave his post and be replaced bvy College of Arts and Sciences Executive Dean Joseph Steinmetz.
OSU spokeswoman Gayle Saunders told The Lantern Alutto will step down as provost June 30, and Steinmetz will take his place July 1.
“He’s been certainly such a strong provost,” Saunders said.
An email from Saunders said Alutto will continue to work with the university as a special adviser to the president, and will work on “several initiatives, including distance education and university advancement activities.”
Alutto is currently paid a $554,559 salary and Steinmetz is paid $348,418.
In an email sent to faculty Tuesday evening, OSU President E. Gordon Gee said Alutto’s “rigor of thought, clear vision and compassion have provided the ballast that helps keep our university on an upward trajectory.”
Alutto has been with OSU since 1991 and assumed his current position in 2007, making him the second-longest serving provost in OSU history. Prior to that appointment he was dean of the Fisher College of Business.
During his time at OSU Alutto has been involved with the creation of the College of Arts and Sciences, the $396 million North Campus construction plan, the semester conversion and increases in financial aid, said Saunders in an email.
“I could go on and on,” she said.
Steinmetz came to the university in 2009 to work with the College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college within the university. Before that he served as interim provost at the University of Kansas.
Gee said in the email that Steinmetz “will continue and expand the effort to move us forward academically and solidify our position in the front ranks of American universities” in the provost position.
The university will immediately begin a “national search” to fill Steinmetz’s current position, according to the email from Gee.

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