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Full Speed Ahead

August 12, 2013

"My job is simply to create an environment in which faculty can succeed and students can do more than they ever thought possible." - Interim President Joseph A. Alutto

What is your approach as interim president? What is your message to the university’s 7,100 incoming students and 258 new faculty? Why is a global strategy so important?

These were some of the questions that Interim President Joseph A. Alutto fielded as a recent featured guest at the Columbus Metropolitan Club in downtown Columbus. Here are some of his perspectives on how Ohio State is moving aggressively forward--and what he says some people don’t realize about the university.

Full Speed Ahead

By all accounts, the university is in steady hands and is continuing to chart its course toward eminence. Alutto says Ohio State has “incredible momentum,” and he will continue to provide excellent students with access to education; recruit excellent faculty; and bring them both together in academic programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Innovative Funding

Students and parents are increasingly concerned about the rising cost of a college degree. In the last four of five years, Alutto says, Ohio State has contained tuition costs and continues to look for innovative ways to generate revenue.

Global Strategy

“If we as a nation are going to be competitive, we need to be able to understand what is happening around the world.” Alutto explains the importance of a global education and how a campus without borders enriches the student experience.