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Trustees meet, approve university matters

COLUMBUS – The Ohio State University Board of Trustees approved a variety of academic and fiscal matters at its meeting Friday (12/9).

The Ohio State University Board of Trustees today conducted President E. Gordon Gee’s annual evaluation and approved annual compensation based upon performance.
The board approved a salary increase of two percent on Gee’s base of $818,167 ($16,363). His new base salary will be $834,530. The board also approved performance compensation of 17.5 percent ($143,179) which will be paid out of non-public funds.

Degree program established
Trustees approved the establishment of a Bachelor of Science in Public Health degree program, the first undergraduate degree offered by the College of Public Health. The program will offer two specializations – Public Health Sociology and Environmental Public Health.

School name changed, along with names of degrees
Trustees approved changing the name of the School of Allied Medical Professions to the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. In addition, the board approved corresponding changes in program names to Bachelor of Science in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, and Master of Science in Health and Rehabilitation Science. All changes are effective immediately.
The new name reflects expansion of the school's academic offerings and more accurately describes program content and outcomes. It also aligns the school with national trends to include the term "sciences" in the degree name.

Department names changed
Trustees approved the changing of the name of a department within the College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. The Department of Human and Community Resource Development will become the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership, effective immediately. The newly configured department offers three majors: agriscience education, agricultural communication and community leadership.

Trustees also approved changing the name of a department in the College of Engineering. The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Geodetic Science will become the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering, effective immediately. The department will continue to offer degree programs in civil engineering and environmental engineering, as well as two minor degree programs in environmental engineering and surveying and mapping.

Audit report accepted
Trustees accepted the PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP audit for The Ohio State University for 2010-2011, including the report on the audit of the University's financial statements and the summary of constructive service comments to management.