Dr. Melissa L. Gilliam was named Ohio State’s next executive vice president and provost, effective Aug. 1.

Gilliam is vice provost at the University of Chicago. She is also the Ellen H. Block Distinguished Service Professor of Health Justice, and professor of obstetrics and gynecology and pediatrics.

At Ohio State, she will become the first woman of color to serve as provost.

As vice provost at the University of Chicago since 2016, Gilliam has led efforts related to faculty development, chair development, recruitment and retention, graduate student mentoring, inclusive pedagogy, and diversity and inclusion, according to a news release. As an interdisciplinary researcher focused on adolescent health and well-being, her research and scholarship have resulted in more than 100 peer-reviewed publications.

Gilliam will replace Bruce A. McPheron, who announced last year he would step down from the position as executive vice president and provost.

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