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Patrick Osmer

Chair and Vice Provost, Graduate Studies and Dean, Graduate School, The Ohio State University

Patrick Osmer is Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Dean of the Graduate School at The Ohio State University and, for 2012, is Past-chair of the Council of Graduate Schools' Board of Directors.

Appointed in 2006, Osmer has since engaged Ohio State's graduate community in several major efforts, including a comprehensive assessment of the quality of its 91 doctoral programs. The assessment categorizes Ohio State's doctoral programs as ranging from high quality to those that are disinvestment candidates. The assessment process also uncovered a need for Ohio State to assess its wide-ranging life and environmental science efforts. Osmer co-chaired two task forces to determine how Ohio State can best move forward in these areas and is chairing the program council established to implement the recommendations of the task forces.

He joined Ohio State as professor and Chair of the Department of Astronomy in 1993. During 13 years as Chair, Osmer provided leadership for building the department to internationally recognized high levels of research and graduate education.

Osmer came to Ohio State from Tucson's National Optical Astronomy Observatory, where he served as Deputy Director from 1988 to 1993. From 1969 to 1986, he was on the staff of the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in La Serena, Chile. He also served as Director and Head of Mission from 1981 to 1985.

Osmer was a member of the commission that produced the previous CGS and ETS report, The Path Forward: The Future of Graduate Education in the United States, in 2010 and was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Considered an authority on distant quasar evolution, Osmer earned a B.S. in astronomy with highest honors from the Case Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in astronomy from the California Institute of Technology.

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