The Ohio State University at Newark

Ohio State Newark Dean and Student Meet with State Legislators

NEWARK, OH, Dec. 1, 2017 — The Ohio State University Executive Director of Regional Campuses and Newark Campus Dean/Director William L. MacDonald visited the Ohio statehouse on Wednesday, Nov. 29, meeting with legislators. He and other regional campus deans from around the state were advocating for the role regional campuses play in the state’s higher education system. It was part of the second annual regional campus legislative day in Columbus.­­

“Regional campus representatives had the opportunity to meet with Ohio Higher Education Chancellor John Carey, and I had private meetings with state Sen. Troy Balderson and a representative from state Sen. Kevin Bacon’s staff,” said MacDonald.

MacDonald and Newark campus student Zachary Sparks attended the meetings at Balderson’s and Bacon’s offices. Sparks talked about how he enrolled at Ohio State Newark specifically because of its small campus environment and because he can complete all four years of his intended major here.

“I’m majoring in psychology and chose Ohio State Newark because its psychology program is very strong academically,” said the freshman from Logan County. “I definitely wanted the prestige of an Ohio State degree,” said Spark, “and attending Ohio State Newark made it affordable.”

For the fourth consecutive year, enrollment is on the rise at The Ohio State University at Newark. With 2,623 students enrolled this autumn semester from 66 of Ohio's 88 counties, that represents a 3.4 percent increase over last year and the second highest enrollment in Ohio State Newark’s history. In 2017, both the Adena Recreation Center and the Jane C. and William T. McConnell Residence Hall opened. The 10,00-square-foot renovation of Adena Hall made way for a fitness facility with all new equipment and a virtual class system available for free to students. McConnell Hall opened up 120 more beds, making the campus accessible to students across Ohio.

MacDonald talked about how regional campuses help fulfill Ohio State’s land-grant mission by providing affordable access to higher education and driving the next generation of development, growth and productivity for Ohio’s economy.

“The Ohio State regional campuses are a critical access point to the university,” said MacDonald. “They help to drive the state’s economy and prepare students for today’s workforce.

Photo caption L to R: Senior Legislative Aide Nathan MacMaster, Ohio State Newark Dean/Director William L. MacDonald, Ohio State Newark student Zachary Sparks, and state Sen. Troy Balderson discuss the importance of Ohio’s regional campuses.