Summer Commencement Speaker

Joseph A. Alutto

Just weeks after concluding nearly a year as The Ohio State University’s interim president, Joseph A. Alutto will deliver the commencement address to summer term graduates. Dr. Alutto, whose legacy of university leadership dates back to 1991, will also receive an honorary Doctor of Higher Education degree during the ceremony.

Dr. Alutto has twice served as the university’s interim president, served as executive vice president and provost for nearly seven years, and served as an executive dean, dean and professor.

He joined the university as dean of the college of Business. During his 16-year tenure as dean, he oversaw the makeover of the college to the Fisher College of Business, a highly-regarded, state-of-the art six-building campus. 

In 1998, Dr. Alutto took on the additional role of executive dean of the professional colleges, where he coordinated the activities of the colleges of Engineering; Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences; Education and Human Ecology; Law; and Social Work.

From October 2007 to June 2013, he served as Ohio State’s executive vice president and provost, where he was the chief officer for all academic functions of the university. During that time, some of the most fundamental changes in the university’s history occurred, including the semester conversion and consolidation of the colleges of the arts and sciences. 

Before joining Ohio State, Dr. Alutto was the Clarence S. Marsh Professor of Management at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he focused his research on Sino-U.S. joint ventures and the relationships between improvement processes and corporate performance. He also served as dean of the SUNY-Buffalo School of Management from 1976 to 1990.

Dr. Alutto received his bachelor's degree in business administration from Manhattan College, a master's degree in industrial relations from the University of Illinois, and a Ph.D. in organizational behavior from Cornell University.

A leading authority on managerial behavior, he has lectured widely in China on management issues and was a pioneer of the first Sino-U.S. jointly funded MBA program offered in the People’s Republic of China. He has been a consultant to banks, manufacturing firms, aerospace companies, health care agencies and educational institutions. He has also served in leadership capacities for a wide variety of voluntary organizations.