The start of a new academic year never fails to tug at my heart. On August 22, the University welcomes its newest class of bright, talented students. With an record average ACT score of 28.5, these new students are prepared to learn and ready to tackle the unlimited opportunities open to them on our world-class campus. That is what Ohio State is all about.
The University is actively building on the legacy left by Dr. E. Gordon Gee after his retirement on July 1. Interim President Joseph A. Alutto has committed himself to not only sustaining our current efforts but also accelerating the University’s progress. We are in good hands. Joe has served the University for 22 years, including the past five years as provost, and has been the interim president once before, making him the right guy to help us continue the forward momentum generated under Dr. Gee’s leadership.
Meanwhile, the Board of Trustees has appointed a presidential search committee, led by Jeffrey Wadsworth, to find the University’s next president. I have every confidence that Jeff he is the right man to lead the search. His tremendous intellect and insight into Ohio State will help the Board find the perfect person to continue leading this institution on the path toward eminence.
I am proud to say that Ohio State is continuing to generate momentum. This year, more than 228,000 alumni and friends showed their support of the University and its core academic mission by donating $374 million. The number of alumni who donated increased 8% last year, and total alumni donations rose by 35%. As a result of this philanthropic outpouring, the University is now more than halfway toward meeting its But For Ohio State Campaign goal of $2.5 billion. This is truly remarkable. Quite simply, it reminds me why I am so proud to call myself a Buckeye. All of you make it possible for Ohio State to make a critical difference in the lives of millions of people around the world.
Thank you for all that you do for Ohio State.
As always, Go Bucks!