The Ohio State University at Newark


Dean and Director of Ohio State Newark Reappointed

April 11, 2019

William L. MacDonald, Ph.D., has been recommended for reappointment as dean and director of The Ohio State University at Newark. Subject to approval by The Ohio State University Board of Trustees, his reappointment is effective July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2024. The announcement was made by Ohio State Executive Vice President and Provost Bruce A. McPheron, Ph.D., on Wednesday, April 10.

MacDonald led the development of the campus's new strategic plan, which focuses on student success by expanding academic programming, advancing access and affordability, and enhancing the student experience. Under his leadership during the past five years, the Newark campus expanded the Adena Hall Recreation Center, added campus housing and set an enrollment record of 2,882 students.

MacDonald has also developed strong relationships with other area institutions, including the co-located Central Ohio Technical College and The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology, which constructed the SciDome planetarium in downtown Newark. Ohio State students attend classes and serve internships at the SciDome.

“Please join me in congratulating Bill as he begins his fourth term,” said McPheron. “I appreciate Bill's enthusiastic and effective leadership and am confident that more great things lie ahead for the Newark campus.”

Within Ohio State, MacDonald leads the coordinating council of the deans of the regional campuses as executive dean. He also serves on several university-wide committees, including senior management council, university senate, senate fiscal committee and its student fees review subcommittee.
MacDonald joined Ohio State’s faculty in 1992. He had earned a bachelor’s degree in interpersonal and public communication, and a master’s degree and doctorate in sociology from Bowling Green State University.

The Ohio State University at Newark offers an academic environment that’s inclusive of diversity, challenging but supportive with world-renowned professors and access to Ohio State’s more than 200 majors. It’s where learning comes to life. Research, study abroad and service learning opportunities prepare students for their careers in ways they never expected.