5-17-2013

Contact: Amy Murray, 614-292-8385

Manderscheid will lead Ohio State’s College of Arts and Sciences

National search leads to hiring of University of Nebraska administrator

Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State University has named David C. Manderscheid as the new leader of the College of Arts and Sciences. Executive Vice President and Provost Joseph A. Alutto and President E. Gordon Gee announced that Manderscheid accepted the position of executive dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, vice provost for Arts and Sciences and professor of mathematics. The appointment, subject to approval by The Ohio State University Board of Trustees, will be effective July 1.

Manderscheid is currently dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of mathematics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

He will replace Joseph E. Steinmetz, who currently holds the position and will become the executive vice president and provost on July 1.

“David Manderscheids’s demonstrated leadership in guiding a large interdisciplinary arts and sciences college, as well as his unwavering commitment to the student experience, make him an ideal candidate to further elevate our arts and sciences programs,” Gee said. “He is a well respected teacher, scholar and administrator, and I am certain that he will continue to strengthen and enrich the academic core of our university.”

“The position of executive dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at The Ohio State University is a thrilling and challenging job, and I am looking forward to building on the great reputation of this large and diverse college,” Manderscheid said.

He has served as the chief academic officer of arts and sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) since 2007. His leadership of UNL’s largest college has included a focus on promoting interdisciplinary research, improving undergraduate education and increasing diversity.

He currently is a co-principal investigator on a National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE (ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers) Institutional Transformation award. He will bring this experience to Ohio State’s ADVANCE program, with a focus on increasing the representation and advancement of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

As a professor of mathematics, his work in representation theory with applications to number theory has been widely published, and he also has won several teaching awards.

Manderscheid has been the principal investigator on numerous grants from the U.S. Department of Education, the NSF and the National Security Agency.

He is a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society and formerly chaired the American Mathematical Society Science Policy Committee. Currently, he serves on the Mathematical Association of America Committee on the Undergraduate Program and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics Diversity Committee.

Manderscheid began his academic career at the University of Iowa, where he became professor and chair of the Department of Mathematics. In addition, he has taught or held visiting positions at the University of Utah, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley and the University of Paris.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics at Michigan State University and a doctorate in mathematics from Yale University.

He will be joined by his spouse, Susan C. Lawrence, who will have an appointment as an associate professor in the Department of History.

About The Ohio State University

Founded in 1870, The Ohio State University is a world-class public research university and the leading comprehensive teaching and research institution in the state of Ohio. With more than 63,000 students (including 56,000 in Columbus), the Wexner Medical Center, 14 colleges, 80 centers, and 168 majors, the university offers its students tremendous breadth and depth of opportunity in the liberal arts, the sciences, and the professions.