Bruce A. McPheron became Ohio State’s permanent chief academic officer on June 1, 2016, after serving in an interim capacity since December 2, 2015. As executive vice president and provost, he oversees the administration, coordination, and development of all academic functions of the university. Previously, he had served as the vice president for agricultural administration and dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, beginning his appointment in November, 2012. He joined The Ohio State University after serving for three and one-half years as Dean of Penn State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences. McPheron received his BS degree from The Ohio State University and his MS and PhD degrees from the University of Illinois. He served as the 2013-14 chair of the Policy Board of Directors of Agriculture for the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. Currently, Dr. McPheron is a member of the Discovery Theme executive team and leads the university’s Food Production and Security theme.
In his previous role, Dr. McPheron had leadership responsibility for over 2,100 faculty, staff and student employees across the state and more than 3,700 graduate and undergraduate students on the Columbus and Wooster campuses. His administrative leadership portfolio also included the research and outreach arms of the college, including Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center.
Since arriving at The Ohio State University, Dr. McPheron has initiated strategic planning or review processes that will position the college for a successful and sustainable future. The college has completed a Facilities Master Plan, Animal Facilities Re-Envisioning plan and the Ohio State ATI Re-Envisioning initiative. The Vice President’s Conversation on the Future of Extension, convened by Dr. McPheron, will provide a roadmap to successfully address critical issues facing Ohioans by 2035. Recognizing the importance of water quality, Dr. McPheron has been instrumental in building statewide collaborations, led by OSU faculty and staff, to address this critical issue in Ohio. In 2014, he announced the creation of the Field to Faucet initiative that is serving as a coordinating effort to address water quality in Ohio.
Dr. McPheron’s research expertise focused on the use of genetic tools to examine population structure in pest insects. His molecular diagnostic methods for source identification of Mediterranean fruit fly developed in his laboratory have been adopted by USDA-APHIS and several state and international agencies. He has taught a wide range of classes in entomology and has traveled internationally sharing his expertise.