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Ohio State Human Resources Chief to Step Down, Latest Key Departure Under New President

Ohio State Human Resources Chief to Step Down, Latest Key Departure Under New President
Ohio State Human Resources Chief to Step Down, Latest Key Departure Under New President

Ohio State University’s human resources chief is stepping down, the second departure announced this week among the president’s cabinet.

Susan Basso, senior vice president of talent, culture and human resources, “has decided to step down from her position,” President Kristina M. Johnson said in a campus-wide email Thursday.

Johnson’s email did not say exactly when Basso is leaving.

“At this time, Susan is interested in taking some time to reflect on a 30-year career and where her talents can best be utilized,” Johnson wrote.

Basso’s departure follows Tuesday’s announcement that Ohio State Provost Bruce A. McPheron will step down next year. 

The university will launch a national search to fill Basso’s position. Until then, Paul Patton, who recently joined Ohio State as a senior adviser to the president, will be the interim leader of talent, culture and human resources.

The Ohio State Board of Trustees approved Patton’s appointment as a senior adviser to Johnson. He came to Ohio State from Johnson’s last institution, the State University of New York, where he was a senior vice chancellor and chief human resources officer. 

Basso was recruited to join Ohio State in September 2017 and “has provided strong leadership over the university’s entire human resources operations, including the Wexner Medical Center,” Johnson wrote.

“As a respected leader she has managed a team that is focused on supporting the university’s most valued asset, its people,” Johnson wrote. “Susan has been instrumental in the strategic redesign of Human Resources to include policies, processes, and modernized technology to support the workforce of the future.”

 

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