WOOSTER, Ohio — Thom Janini has been appointed interim director of The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute, beginning Aug. 1.
The two-year degree-granting institution of the university’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, Ohio State ATI is ranked No. 1 in the nation in the awarding of associate degrees in agriculture and related sciences.
Janini is associate professor of chemistry and chair of the Arts, Science, and Business Technologies Division at Ohio State ATI. He will take over for current interim director Jim Kinder and will lead the institution until a new director is appointed.
“I’m grateful for Thom’s willingness to provide leadership during this critical transitional period,” said Ron Hendrick, acting CFAES dean and vice president for agricultural administration.
“Thom has already provided valuable administrative leadership in his role as divisional chair, and he’s been a thought leader during the ATI re-envisioning and campus integration discussions. We look forward to his addition to the college’s leadership team.”
A native of northeast Ohio, Janini holds a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Kent State University. He worked for nearly a decade in the coatings and pharmaceutical industries in New Jersey and then returned to Ohio to teach. He joined Ohio State ATI in 2007 as assistant professor of chemistry.
“I welcome the opportunity to further serve the students and the institute in this capacity,” Janini said. “I want to make sure that we stay on the right track and build on the momentum we have as a result of the work of our present director.”