With Kristina Johnson's confirmation Monday that she will be resigning as Ohio State president at the end of the current academic year, her tenure will be the second shortest among the 16 full-time presidents and something not seen since the 1890s.
Johnson, 65, resigned at the request of the university's board of trustees, sources inside the administration told The Dispatch, which reported her plans to step down Monday afternoon. Johnson confirmed she would be leaving in a statement hours later.
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Here's a timeline of what led Ohio State trustees to appoint Johnson and her tenure here:
The tenure of Kristina Johnson as Ohio State University president
Nov. 21, 2019: Then-university President Michael Drake announces his plans to retire.
Jan. 16, 2020: Ohio State announces a 27-member Presidential Search Committee, chaired by trustee Lewis Von Thaer.
June 3, 2020: University trustees announce former State University of New York (SUNY) chancellor Kristina Johnson as the 16th president of Ohio State University.
Sept. 1, 2020: Johnson officially takes the helm as president, with a base salary of $900,000 annually.
Oct. 15, 2020: Johnson and the university announce the creation of a task force on safety issues on campus and in off-campus neighborhoods after Ohio State student Chase Meola was shot and killed the weekend before.
Oct. 30, 2020: Johnson announces efforts to restructure the university's research efforts and hires "Grace" Jinliu Wang, a former SUNY colleague, as Ohio State's new executive vice president for research. (Earlier this month, Wang was announced as the 17th president at Worchester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts.)
Feb. 17, 2021: Johnson joined Gov. Mike DeWine and officials at Nationwide Children's Hospital and JobsOhio to announce a $1 billion project — the Columbus Innovation District — to develop new gene and cell therapies to treat genetic disorders.
Feb. 18, 2021: Johnson virtually hosts first State of the University address, where she announced that she wanted to make Ohio State a debt-free institution for undergraduates in the next 10 years.
Feb 25, 2021: Johnson announces at a board of trustees meeting that the university will reopen its campus in fall 2021, after being virtual since the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020.
May 9, 2021: Johnson speaks at Ohio State's first in-person commencement since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, praising the graduating class's resiliency through hard times.
Aug. 18, 2021: Trustees approve a $263,500 bonus and $27,000 raise for Johnson — a 3% increase — based on her annual performance review and meeting the board's goals for her in her first year as president.
Aug. 24, 2021: Johnson announces the university's new vaccination policy, requiring students, staff, faculty and the campus community to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Students that didn't get the vaccine would not be able to attend in-person classes the following semester.
Sept. 23, 2021: The university announces its partnership with the city of Columbus, Columbus City Schools and Columbus State Community College to create the "STEAMM Rising Initiative," intended to help students at Columbus schools prepare for careers in science, technology, engineering, art, math and medicine.
Nov. 19, 2021: Ohio State holds Johnson's investiture ceremony — where she took her oath of office and ceremoniously became president — over a year into her full tenure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There, she reflected on her tenure to that date, but also laid out plan to create a debt-free bachelor's degree at the university called the "Scarlet and Gray Advantage Program."
Feb. 9, 2022: The university announces that Ohio State has surpassed $1.2 billion in research expenditures, putting the school into what Johnson called an "elite" group of research universities.
April 21, 2022: Johnson delivers her first in-person State of the University address, touting "wins" such as the state becoming the site for two new Intel semiconductor factories, or fabs, and her debt-free undergraduate college program.
Aug. 9. 2022: Ohio State and Columbus State join 10 other midwestern universities in forming a network focused on microchip research and programming, dubbed the "Midwestern Regional Network to Address National Needs in Semiconductor and Microelectronics."
Sept. 9, 2022: Johnson joins President Joe Biden, Gov. Mike DeWine, and other officials in a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Intel semiconductor manufacturing facilities.
Nov. 28, 2022: Johnson confirms in a statement that she will be resigning as president at the end of the 2022-2023 academic year.
This article originally appeared on The Columbus Dispatch: Ohio State University President Kristina Johnson timeline