Ryan J. Schmiesing

Ryan J. Schmiesing, PhD, interim senior vice provost for outreach and engagement.

MANSFIELD – The Rotary Club of Mansfield is holding a joint meeting on Nov. 23 with The Kiwanis Club of Mansfield and the keynote speaker will be Ryan J. Schmiesing, PhD, interim senior vice provost for outreach and engagement.

The joint meeting will take place at noon at the Holiday Inn & Suites Mansfield, 116 Park Avenue West in downtown Mansfield.

As vice provost, Schmiesing’s role includes leadership for Ohio State’s outreach and engagement portfolio, operational and planning support with regional campuses, and support and supervision for the Sustainability Institute and the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity. 

In previous roles within the Office of Academic Affairs, he supported strategic planning at the college and university levels and provided leadership for academic program reviews.

Schmiesing’s research and published work in peer-reviewed journals focuses on volunteer leadership and management, particularly related to university extension education.

He has been a frequently invited speaker at local, state and national conferences on these topics and received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents.

With more than 20 years of experience in higher education, Schmiesing has focused on and led efforts related to program and strategic planning as well as improved organizational operations.

Previously, Schmiesing has worked at state and federal levels in program, youth and volunteer development. Schmiesing began his undergraduate experience at Ohio State's Lima campus and earned his BS, MS, and PhD from The Ohio State University.

During Tuesday’s meeting, the Rotary and Kiwanis clubs will also make a joint check presentation to the Mansfield Schools’ SAFE program, to support children facing housing insecurity during their school year.

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