The Ohio State University at Mansfield

OSU-Mansfield's Dr. Stephen Gavazzi Stepping Down as Dean/Director

Dr. Stephen M. Gavazzi, Dean and Director of The Ohio State University at Mansfield, has decided to step down as Dean and Director effective June 30, 2017. We will communicate soon about future leadership decisions for the Mansfield campus.

Dr. Bruce McPheron, Executive Vice President and Provost, saluted Dr. Gavazzi in his announcement:

Under his leadership, the Mansfield campus has made substantial progress on many fronts to support the campus's missions. For example, several capital projects have supported both the campus's academic mission and enriched student life experiences, such as the transformation of the library into a state-of-the-art information commons, the renovation of the student union dining facilities and the facilitation of an off-campus student housing initiative as part of a public-private partnership. Generous gifts from local donors have supported the development of ecologically based programming and facilities, including a wetlands boardwalk and outdoor classroom.

Dr. McPheron further acknowledged Dr. Gavazzi's passionate commitment to the community:

Dr. Gavazzi has also nurtured a strong town-gown community in Richland County, and this university-inspired engagement has led the development of paid student internships with local businesses, an initiative to support first-generation students and their families, and a greater presence of Ohio State in the North Central and Northeastern communities of Ohio. In addition, he has continued his scholarly work throughout his time in Mansfield, focusing on higher education leadership issues, particularly related to the relationships between universities and their surrounding communities.

Dr. Gavazzi will return to his full-time position as Professor of Human Development and Family Science in the College of Education and Human Ecology on the Columbus campus. During the next six months, he plans to complete a book entitled Land-Grant Universities for the Future: Higher Education for the Public Good that will be published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2018. Co-authored with E. Gordon Gee, president of West Virginia University, this scholarly work will focus critical attention on the ability of land-grant institutions to meet the needs of the communities they were designed to serve.

The campus community thanks Dr. Gavazzi for his exemplary leadership during the past 6½ years on the Mansfield campus. Questions should be directed to Ryan J. Schmiesing ( Vice Provost for Strategic Planning and Implementation, or Susan H. Delagrange (, Assistant Dean of Ohio State Mansfield.