January 31, 2011

Dean Poon provides testimony for Ohio legislative committee

Dean Chris Poon testified before Ohio lawmakers at hearings on House Bill 1, which authorizes creation of JobsOhio.

"Ohio State's responsibilities reach from the dorm room to the board room," Poon said at the hearing. "Our land grant mission is at the heart of an inextricable relationship between the university and the economic health of our state." Among those testifying on Jan. 26 along with the dean were Stephen Rasmussen, CEO of Nationwide, and Bruce Langos, chief operating officer of Dayton-based Teradata Corp.

Earlier in January, Gov. John Kasich visited campus to announce the appointment of Mark Kvamme as director of the Ohio Department of Development.

"It is not by accident that Gov. Kasich selected Dr. Michael Camp's entrepreneurship class as the setting to announce what can only be described as a new and innovative approach to state development leadership in Ohio," she told legislators.

"Director Kvamme recognizes like many of us that not all of the ideas come from already established businesses. I agree with Director Kvamme that we need to enhance our culture here in Ohio so that it fosters entrepreneurship including student entrepreneurship," she said.

"It is for this reason that I applaud Gov. Kasich for taking a deep critical look at how Ohio does business and for developing a new model for success. JobsOhio is designed to apply new and innovative approaches to transform how the state conducts its business to maximize that growth in Ohio. Gov. Kasich's plan mirrors the corporate world with the establishment of a board of directors, a chief investment officer and audit functions," she said.

"By more closely aligning the state's business development functions to how businesses operate the state will become more nimble and able to adapt quickly to rapidly moving business currents. House Bill 1 also creates the framework to do the necessary study and deep data dive to get this right."