Kasey named to top Ohio State University post

News Release Date: 
05.24.11

The Ohio State University has tapped Jay D. Kasey, chief operating officer for The Ohio State University Health System, to become the university’s new senior vice president for administration and planning.

Kasey takes the position left vacant when Jeff Kaplan, the previous senior vice president for administration and planning, was named the university’s new chief fundraiser. That appointment filled the void left by the unexpected death of Senior Vice President of University Development Andrew A. Sorensen last month.

Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee says Kasey brings a unique set of talents and expertise to the position.

“Jay Kasey is a thoughtful and effective leader with exactly the right skills and experiences to lead the university’s new unified approach to facilities planning and project management,” said President E. Gordon Gee.  “He will help Ohio State to become the national model for the physical integration of large, comprehensive universities.”

As chief operating officer for the OSU Health System, Kasey has been responsible for leadership of the operational elements of the health system’s facilities (University Hospital, James Cancer Hospital, University Hospital East, OSU Harding Hospital, Ross Heart Hospital, Dodd Hall Rehabilitation Hospital, as well as a network of community care sites). He also has led the $1.1 billion expansion of the medical center and integrated life sciences project.

Kasey’s new role combines and streamlines facilities and space planning responsibilities for the entire university, including the academic Medical Center. This new consolidation of duties will simplify efforts, providing a streamlined approach that will fully align areas across the university and enable even more effective in project planning and management. In addition, he will oversee the departments of Facilities Operations and Development, Physical Planning and Real Estate, Public Safety, Transportation and Parking, and Uniprint.

Kasey, who earned his bachelor’s degree at Wabash College and a master’s degree from Washington University, is currently enrolled in the Masters in Business Operations program at the university’s Fisher College of Business.

Kasey has strong leadership experience in managing large institutions. He joined the university in 2007 as chief operating officer of the OSU Health System, and has been instrumental in helping to develop the goals and strategic direction of the system. He has three decades of experience across large academic medical centers and universities.

He previously served for seven years as a health care management consultant of Navigant Consulting, during which time he served in several interim leadership capacities at the University of California Los Angeles Medical Center, Scripps Encinitas Hospital in San Diego and Mount Carmel Health in Columbus.