BGSU was the first stop on Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Eric Fingerhut’s ongoing tour of the University System of Ohio campuses to discuss the institutions’ proposed centers of excellence.
“We were delighted to lead off for the state, and I think we’ve set a high standard,” said Ohio Eminent Scholar in psychology Milt Hakel, who is chairing the committee to develop BGSU’s centers. “The presentations and discussions were excellent.”
During Fingerhut’s May 26 visit, teams from each of the five centers on which the BGSU trustees have been briefed gave short presentations. The chancellor provided important clarifications and updates on the process, which is part of Gov. Ted Strickland’s 10-year Strategic Plan for Higher Education in Ohio. Each university must define benchmarks for its individual centers, and the proposals must address those benchmarks very specifically, Fingerhut explained.
With the new guidance, the teams are revising their proposals, working toward the June 30 deadline for submission to Columbus, Hakel said.
BGSU is forming centers in the arts, Developing Effective Businesses and Organizations, Health and Wellness across the Lifespan, and 21st Century Educator Preparation. The board of trustees has approved those proposals and is expected to accept Sustainability and the Environment as the fifth center at its June 26 meeting.
According to Dr. Mark Gromko, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs, “The chancellor helped to clarify his expectations for centers of excellence. Although there are still questions, we gained confidence in our process and our proposals. The team making the presentations did an outstanding job, leaving the chancellor with a clear message about the high quality of our programs and our commitment to excellence in these areas.”