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Comings and Goings


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: November 16th, 2022

“Grace” Jinliu Wang, executive vice president of research, innovation and knowledge at Ohio State University (OSU), is leaving the school to serve as president at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).

Wang joined OSU in December 2020 and has played a pivotal role in executing president Kristina M. Johnson’s ambitious goal of doubling the university’s research expenditures in the next decade. Under Wang’s leadership, OSU spent a record $1.236 billion in research and development activities and launched a new West Campus Innovation District.

“Please join me in expressing our gratitude to Grace,” Johnson said in a statement. “Her outstanding contributions — including the development of an exceptional staff and leadership team — will ensure that Ohio State’s research-and-discovery engine continues to grow.”

Wang’s last day at OSU will be March 1st, 2023, and she will take up her role as president of WPI on April 3rd.

“WPI’s founding principles of theory and practice resonate strongly with me,” says Wang. “I look forward to listening and learning from the great minds who make WPI what it is and whose voices will play an essential role in defining our way forward. To lead this amazing university, one I have always held in high esteem, is an honor and privilege.”

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

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