The Ohio State University Alumni Association

Ohio State’s fifth president paved a path to today’s modern university.

The larger-than-life bronze statue of William Oxley Thompson at the west end of the Oval is among Ohio State’s most iconic fixtures. The year it came to be, Thompson wrote in a 1930 issue of The Ohio State University Monthly, “Nothing in my long experience has moved me more profoundly than this evidence of esteem and goodwill which the cooperative effort of four classes has expressed.”


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