Spring Commencement Speaker

Abigail S. Wexner

Ohio State University trustee Abigail S. Wexner will deliver the university’s spring commencement address. Mrs. Wexner is a lawyer and community volunteer, and is involved in philanthropic work nationally and locally, with a particular focus on children’s issues. She was appointed to a nine-year term on The Ohio State University Board of Trustees in 2014, ending in 2023.

Mrs. Wexner serves on the boards of L Brands, Inc., Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc., the KIPP Foundation, Harvard University's Center for Public Leadership, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation, the Columbus Partnership, Pelotonia, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, The Wexner Foundation, The Wexner Center Foundation and the United States Equestrian Team Foundation. She is a founding board member and vice chair of the board for KIPP Columbus, founder and chair of the board for The Center for Family Safety and Healing and past chair of the Governing Committee of The Columbus Foundation. She also held a presidential appointment to The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

From 2005 through July 2012, Mrs. Wexner served as chair of the board of directors for Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Under her leadership, Nationwide Children’s completed the largest pediatric expansion in our nation’s history and has been named to U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Hospitals list every year since 2006.

Prior to moving to Columbus, she practiced law from 1987 to 1992 with the London and New York offices of Davis Polk & Wardwell. Mrs. Wexner is a graduate of the Dwight School, New York City; Barnard College at Columbia University, Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa; and New York University School of Law.