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Ohio State University President Will Resign at End of Academic Year

Ohio State University President Will Resign at End of Academic Year

“Johnson sidestepped the questions, emphasizing only that she had “made a very difficult decision” to step down”

It’s always a little suspicious when such a public figure resigns for no reason. Let the speculation begin.

Inside Higher Ed reports:

Ohio State President Mysteriously Resigns

Another Big Ten president is on the way out.

Ohio State University president Kristina Johnson announced Monday that she is resigning at the end of the academic year. The news broke Monday night with initial reports that Johnson, who has been at Ohio State for a little over two years, was stepping down in the aftermath of an investigation into concerns raised by her staff. Johnson has since pushed back on those claims.

In a brief interview with Inside Higher Ed, Johnson offered no insights into the reason for her sudden resignation and denied that she was ever the subject of any inquiry at Ohio State.

Speaking anonymously, an Ohio State trustee said Johnson herself made the decision to leave. Asked if any type of investigation had been opened regarding the president, he said, “Absolutely not.”

Johnson’s departure marks the seventh exit this year among the leaders of the 14 universities that comprise the Big Ten conference, though the circumstances in each case differ dramatically. The University of Michigan Board of Trustees fired its president, Dr. Mark Schlissel, in January after learning he had an affair with a subordinate. Michigan State University president Dr. Samuel Stanley Jr. was pushed out by the Board of Trustees last month, resigning over allegations that he mishandled Title IX issues, which he has denied. Longtime Purdue University president Mitch Daniels announced his retirement earlier this year, as did Eric Barron at Pennsylvania State University, who officially vacated the position this spring…

Asked multiple times to specify her reason for leaving or to provide insights into her future after she officially exits Ohio State at the end of the current academic year, Johnson sidestepped the questions, emphasizing only that she had “made a very difficult decision” to step down.

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She seems like a level headed person, an engineer, and the Board of Trustees looks solid too. https://trustees.osu.edu/university-board/board
Hopefully they’ll find an excellent replacement.

“The university’s board of trustees asked Johnson, 65, to resign following a review conducted by an outside consultant. Ohio State spokesman Ben Johnson said the outside consultant was called in to help the board with Johnson’s annual performance review. During the consultant’s work, concerns about her were raised by staff, sources in the administration told The Dispatch. What those concerns were and the details of the review are not clear.

“The board was aware of President Johnson’s intent to leave the university (in) advance of the November board meeting and therefore an annual review was not completed,” he said.”

https://news.yahoo.com/happen-departing-president-kristina-johnsons-111515745.html