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Kristina Johnson Will Step Down as President of Ohio State

At the conclusion of the current academic year, Ohio State University President Kristina Johnson announced her resignation. Hours after insiders told 10TV that Johnson’s stint was coming to an end, Johnson made her statement.

In spite of significant difficulties, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, Johnson remarked in a statement from The Ohio State University, “Since I arrived at The Ohio State University in August of 2020, we have been able to achieve so much, on so many different fronts.”

“I’m incredibly proud of everything we’ve managed to accomplish together. It has been an honor to work with this intelligent, devoted, and passionate group and to serve this outstanding university.” The board of trustees requested Johnson’s resignation following an inquiry by an outside firm, according to a report in the Columbus Dispatch published late on Monday afternoon.

A spokeswoman for Ohio State was asked by 10TV if the board had requested her resignation; he was unable to confirm it. The spokeswoman claimed that no inquiry had been conducted and that although an independent consultant had been hired to help with the president’s performance evaluation, no review had actually taken place.

The spokesperson claimed that because the board was informed of President Johnson’s intention to depart the university before the November board meeting, an annual review was not carried out. In a statement issued by the institution Monday night, Dr. Hiroyuki Fujita, chair of the board of trustees, congratulated Johnson for her tenure as president.

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Johnson, 65, received a $927,000 salary while serving as president for just over two years. According to Johnson, the institution will have enough time to find its new president and “help with a seamless transition” as a result of her decision to resign.

She spent three years as the State University of New York’s chancellor before moving to Columbus. Johnson has held executive posts at the Universities of Colorado, Duke, and Johns Hopkins. From 2009 to 2010, she worked for the US Department of Energy as well. The board will start looking for the 17th president of the university.

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