Summer Commencement Speaker
Bruce A. McPheron
Vice President for Agricultural Administration
Dean, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
The Ohio State University
Bruce A. McPheron is vice president for agricultural administration and dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. He joined Ohio State in November 2012 after serving for 3 1/2 years as dean of Penn State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences. Dr. McPheron, also an alumnus, received his bachelor’s degree from Ohio State and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois.
Dr. McPheron has focused on positioning the college to help Ohio plan for the future. Recognizing the importance of water quality, he launched the Field to Faucet initiative in 2014, a statewide collaborative effort led by Ohio State faculty and staff, with a goal of ensuring clean drinking water for all Ohioans.
He also convened the Vice President’s Conversation on the Future of Extension, the college’s outreach arm serving all 88 counties in the state, to provide a roadmap to successfully address critical issues facing Ohioans by 2035. On the national front, he served as the 2013-14 chair of the Policy Board of Directors of Agriculture for the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities.
Dr. McPheron’s research focuses on the use of genetic tools to examine population structure in pest insects. His molecular diagnostic methods for source identification of the Mediterranean fruit fly developed in his laboratory have been adopted by federal, state and international agencies. An active Twitter user under the handle @medflygenes, he has taught a wide range of classes in entomology and has traveled internationally sharing his expertise.
As dean and vice president, Dr. McPheron has leadership responsibility for over 2,100 faculty, staff and student employees across the state and more than 3,700 graduate and undergraduate students on the Columbus and Wooster campuses. In addition to Extension, his administrative leadership portfolio also includes the research arm of the college, the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center.