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Gillian Ice named interim associate provost of global affairs

Ohio University Executive Vice President and Provost Dr. Elizabeth Sayrs has named Dr. Gillian Ice as the interim associate provost of global affairs, effective May 15.

Ice, who has held several leadership positions at Ohio University, founded OHIO’s Global Health Initiative and has served as its director since 2012. She has also led the international programs for the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine since 2004.

As the interim associate provost of global affairs, Ice will lead Ohio University’s efforts to build partnerships on the OHIO campuses and around the world. She will also lead the University’s efforts to assist its international students, faculty and staff, while also promoting global understanding and cooperation. 

“Dr. Gillian Ice is highly respected for her research and dedication to her students and to Ohio University,” Provost Sayrs said. “She has successfully led several global education programs during her time at OHIO, and I am confident she will continue to excel in this new role.”

A professor in the Department of Social Medicine in the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Ice also has served as special assistant to the president for public health operations since 2020.  In that role, she has overseen non-clinical case management, coordinated the University’s response to positive COVID-19 cases, and acted as a point of contact for sharing information about public health initiatives within the University community.

In addition, Ice serves as an adjunct professor for the Department of Social and Public Health in the College of Health Sciences and Professions and as an adjunct professor of African Studies.

Ice possesses 20 years of experience in global research and training at Ohio University, and has also directed study abroad programs for two decades. In 2018 and 2019, she led a faculty development program for Egyptian scholars. 

“Ohio University has a strong history of global education and rich and diverse global partnerships. I am honored to serve as the interim associate provost of global affairs,” Ice said. “I am looking forward to working with our faculty, staff and students, as well as our global partners, as we continue to strengthen our programs and expand opportunities for the OHIO community.”

Before joining Ohio University in 2003, Ice held teaching and research roles at The Ohio State University, the University of Minnesota, City University of New York and the American Museum of Natural History. She has received numerous grants and fellowships during her time at OHIO and received several awards for her teaching, research and leadership, including multiple Ohio University Faculty Newsmaker Awards (2016-2021), the 2013 Ohio University Faculty Award for Excellence in Global Engagement, the 2013 African Children’s Hero Award from OHIO’s African Studies program and the 2004 Standard of Excellence and 2006 Humanitarian Award from the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. 

May 4, 2023
Staff reports