Skestos gift to help fund center on education policy

November 25, 2013

A longtime supporter of The Ohio State University has committed $1.5 million to help establish a proposed Center for Higher Education Enterprise at the university.

The commitment comes from George A. Skestos, one of Ohio State’s most engaged and dedicated partners, who has served the university for three decades in many different roles.

The aim of the proposed center, to be housed in the John Glenn School of Public Affairs, is to conduct research and make policy recommendations focused on finding creative ways to improve student success at public colleges and universities. The center would bring together faculty from a variety of disciplines to investigate ways to improve education quality as well as student access, affordability and college completion.

“I am grateful to George Skestos, both for his lifelong generosity to the university and for his early support of our important work to improve higher education and student success,” said E. Gordon Gee, president emeritus. Gee has been tapped to be director of the proposed center.

“George has been a true champion of education, and his support will further establish Ohio State as the premier research hub for higher education policy in the state and beyond.”

Skestos received the 2013 Distinguished Service Award from the university in honor of his contributions.