New organizational structure for Research, Innovation and Knowledge

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Under the leadership of Executive Vice President Grace Wang, the Enterprise for Research, Innovation and Knowledge has been formed. With this new structure, we will sharpen the focus on growth of the research, creative expression, and innovation enterprise; emphasize faculty and research talent development; connect research and innovation as one ecosystem; improve efficiency through the consolidation of administrative support functions; and establish a focus on the development of the Innovation District.

The new structure will include five pillars:

  • Research
  • Knowledge Enterprise
  • Innovation and Economic Development
  • Office Administration
  • Business Development and Innovation District

The five pillars will oversee the following activities and be led by:

Vice President for Research:

Lead the strategy and efforts to grow Ohio State’s research and creative expression enterprise. Oversee research operations, sponsored programs and research compliance. Provide strategic direction and oversight for large-scale interdisciplinary research centers and institutes. Dr. Peter Mohler has graciously agreed to serve as Interim Vice President for Research. He currently serves as the Chief Scientific Officer for the Wexner Medical Center as well as the Vice Dean for Research for the College of Medicine and Director of the Dorothy M. Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute. In these roles, he leads all research operations across the medical center while also encouraging interdisciplinary research and innovation across our health science enterprise.

Vice President for Knowledge Enterprise:

Identify existing and emerging research opportunities. Establish strategies and initiatives to empower faculty, research staff, postdoctoral scholars, graduate students and undergraduate students, and provide resources, mentoring and support to grow research talent. Accelerate discoveries and innovations by supporting strategic collaboration, large-scale proposal development, center director development and graduate research fellowships. Dr. Dorota Grejner-Brzezinska has accepted the Interim Vice President role to lead the Knowledge Enterprise. Dorota has most recently served as Senior Associate Vice President for Research within the Office of Research while also serving as Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Civil Environmental and Geodetic Engineering both within the College of Engineering. She is also a University Distinguished Professor, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST).

Vice President for Innovation and Economic Development:

Work to advance innovation and technology commercialization, manage intellectual property, build corporate partnerships, and stimulate entrepreneurial and startup activities. Scott Osborne will continue to serve as Vice President for Innovation and Economic Development.

Chief of Staff:

Support the leadership team in effective execution of the enterprise agenda and operations. Oversee strategic planning, budget planning and finance policies, organizational effectiveness, human resources and management of affiliate agreements. Brad Harris will continue to serve as Chief of Staff with increased responsibilities to oversee administrative operations across the enterprise.

Associate Vice President for Business Development and Innovation District:

Oversee communications, marketing, business development and strategic events to support innovation, entrepreneurship and economic development activities related to the Innovation District. Be responsible for internal and external communications for the enterprise. Dawn Larzelere will be promoted to Associate Vice President for Business Development and Innovation District. Dawn has over twenty years’ experience in executive management and communications as well as economic and workforce development policy. Prior to joining Ohio State, Dawn served as Deputy Director of Policy for the former Governor of the State of Ohio.


For more information please see the Enterprise for Research, Innovation and Knowledge’s table of organization. We will work over the coming months on updating our websites and other communication material where appropriate. If you have any questions please reach out to us at research@osu.edu.