November 8, 2013
Leslie H. Wexner will again assume a high-profile post at Ohio State University, this time at the helm of a newly created board that will oversee the medical center named for him.
The Limited Brands founder will serve as chairman of the Wexner Medical Center Board. His term on the board runs through May 2016.
Two other community members also have been chosen to serve on the board: John F. Wolfe, publisher of The Dispatch and chairman of The Dispatch Printing Company, whose term runs through May 2015; and Stephen D. Steinour, CEO of Huntington Bancshares, whose term runs through May 2014.
The university’s board of trustees is expected to ratify the three appointments today.
Ohio State announced in early 2011 that Wexner; his wife, Abigail S. Wexner; and the foundation of his company were donating $100 million to the university. The following year, the university renamed the medical center in his honor.
Wexner stepped down from the university’s board of trustees in June 2012, eight years before his term ended and shortly after serving three years as board chairman. All told, he had spent 18 years on that board.
He could not be reached to comment yesterday.
Wexner is a strong choice to lead the medical center board, given his interest in — and understanding of — the university as a whole, said Robert H. Schottenstein, chairman of the university’s board of trustees.
“At all times, Les Wexner thinks about what is best for Ohio State, and he has a deep understanding and love for the work that is done,” Schottenstein said.
Until August, the university had two boards that dealt with its health-care operations: a medical center board and a medical-affairs committee of the board of trustees.
The new medical center board will have up to 15 voting members, including up to six members of the university’s board of trustees; up to six members of the public; and the university’s president, senior vice president for health sciences and chief financial officer. It also will have three ex-officio nonvoting members.