In his address to the university, President Johnson announced Ohio’s commitment to excellence in service


In her 2022 speech at State of the University, President Kristina M. Johnson emphasized Ohio State University’s role in locating Intel’s new semiconductor campus in Ohio and implementing the Scarlet and Gray Advantage program to provide undergraduate students with the opportunity debt-free education announced a record $1.24 billion in research and development.

“We’ve had some very big wins this year that deserve to be celebrated,” said Johnson. “Principal among them, of course, was helping Ohio beat 40 other states to become the site for Intel’s new semiconductor campus — an initial investment of $20 billion that is expected to create more than 20,000 direct and indirect jobs — and that will put the United States back once again in the business of making the most advanced semiconductors in the world.”

Another major accomplishment over the past year, Johnson said, was the launch of the Scarlet and Gray Advantage program. Since she announced the program during her inauguration in November, the state of Ohio has raised $84 million — surpassing the goal of raising $58 million in the first year.

“Because rising student debt is a complex national problem, we’re testing it Scarlet and Gray Advantage program this fall with 125 students who will help us adapt to the nuances,” Johnson said. “The ultimate goal is to do this on a massive scale so Ohio State graduates, without the burden of student loans, can say ‘yes’ to every great opportunity that comes their way in life — grad school, a job for which.” They are passionate about service, home ownership, family.”

Ohio State continues to diversify the workforce of the future, Johnson said.

“Through our RAISE initiative — short for Race, Inclusion, and Social Equity — we are recruiting new faculty to address the injustices in our society and history — and to better represent our diverse student body — so all of our students can start making themselves introducing themselves in roles they might not otherwise consider,” she said.

In research and development, Ohio is at the forefront of several cutting-edge initiatives, Johnson said.

“I am very pleased to announce that we are launching a new gene therapy institute designed to benefit so many people around the world suffering from diseases caused by missing or mutated genes. Under the direction of Dr. Krystof Bankiewicz and Dr. Russell Lonser, the Institute will double our strength in this area, including research conducted by more than 50 faculty across six colleges,” said Johnson.

“I am also proud to announce a new Ohio State Center for Quantum Information Science and Engineering, where our scientists and engineers will use the properties of quantum mechanics to transform communications, computation and sensing.”

Johnson emphasized Ohio State’s commitment to the service. Not only was Wexner Medical Center ranked as one of the top 10 most trusted healthcare systems in the United States in a recent patient satisfaction survey, but it has also become a force for community revitalization, she said.

About the PACT Group (Partners Achieving Community Transformation), The State of Ohio has partnered with the City of Columbus and the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority to rejuvenate the historically black neighborhood surrounding the Ohio State East Hospital.

“One of the community’s top priorities in 2010 was to improve neighborhood schools. Wexner Medical Center has done an excellent job of establishing health science academies within them,” Johnson said. “All elementary and middle school students in the Middle East learn what white coats mean in healthcare and get their own white coats to wear in science class. The idea is simple: to help children make a connection between Ohio State East Hospital and their own possibilities.”

The health and well-being of students, faculty and staff is the state of Ohio’s top priority, Johnson said. After the upheaval of the pandemic, she said the state of Ohio continues to foster a culture of kindness.

“While the isolation imposed by COVID-19 has been tough on everyone, it has been particularly tough on children and college-age students — which is why we established a Student Mental Health and Well-Being Commission last year, chaired by Senior Vice Melissa Shivers, President of Student Life, and Bernadette Melnyk, the University’s Chief Wellness Officer and Dean of the College of Nursing,” Johnson said. “We are now implementing the Commission’s five recommendations, including improving the services currently available for those who are struggling, and encouraging our students not to hesitate when they need help.”

Over the past year, the university has strategically hired and deployed a cohesive leadership team, Johnson said. The leadership team helps direct and execute Ohio State’s land grant mission and maximize the university’s full potential, Johnson said.

“We are optimizing our operations to make the best use of our resources,” she said. “We set a goal of $90 million in operational and capital efficiencies this year and achieved $69 million by mid-term. These are funds that we can use to address key priorities in research, education and outreach.”

Ohio State’s fundraising campaign surpassed the $3 billion mark in February thanks to the generosity of more than 638,000 unique Buckeye donors, Johnson said.

“Ohio State has demonstrated great fiscal strength overall, also with strong investment performance and positive momentum in our healthcare system that has enabled us to exceed fiscal 2020,” she said.

The State of Ohio continues its commitment to providing excellent service to the citizens of Ohio and beyond, Johnson said.

“One of my responsibilities here at the Center is to amplify the efforts of this entire community and align those efforts where they should be connected so that opportunity emanates from this university in waves,” she said, “so that the benefits of everything what we do materialize here in education, discovery, invention, scholarship, creative expression and service illuminates not only our own prospects but the prospects of the entire state of Ohio and the nation.”

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