Friday, April 16

Ono Named 28th President of the University of Cincinnati

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The University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees has tapped the developer of a comprehensive Academic Master Plan to serve as interim president of the university.

Santa J. Ono has been appointed interim president of the University of Cincinnati, following the announcement Tuesday that Gregory H. Williams had resigned from the presidency due to personal reasons. 

In May of this year, Ono rolled out the University of Cincinnati “UC2019 Academic Master Plan” (AMP). The plan will mean an initial investment of about $10 million toward long-term strategic goals set for completion in UC’s bicentennial year, 2019. The plan is one component of the university’s overall strategic plan, “UC2019 Accelerating Our Transformation.”

Santa J. Ono
Santa J. Ono

Ono has served as UC’s Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and University Provost since September 2010.  He holds positions as professor of pediatrics within UC’s College of Medicine and professor of biology in the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences.  Prior to his move to UC, Dr. Ono served as Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives and Deputy to the Provost and then Senior Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs at Emory University, while also serving as Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at Emory’s School of Medicine. Ono received his education at the University of Chicago, McGill University and Harvard University. His training in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at Harvard was supported by a Helen Hay Whitney Foundation Fellowship.

Ono’s first academic appointment was as Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. While at Hopkins, he won the American Diabetes Association Career Development Award and the Investigator Award from the National Arthritis Foundation. In 1996, Ono was recruited to the Harvard Medical School, where he was an Associate Professor and on staff at the Schepens Eye Research Institute. He was a member of the Executive Committee of the Harvard Program in Immunology, principal investigator of the Harvard Program in Ocular Immunology and on the Executive Committee of the NIH Training Program in Molecular Bases of Eye Diseases.

Source:  Greg Hand (University of Cincinnati –