Lemeshow named Distinguished University Professor

CPH’s founding dean recognized for his extensive record of achievement with Ohio State’s highest faculty honor

Kristen Mitchell
Stan Lemeshow and Kristina Johnson

From left: Professor of Biostatistics Stanley Lemeshow and President Kristina M. Johnson.

Stanley Lemeshow, professor of biostatistics and founding dean of the College of Public Health, has been awarded the designation of Distinguished University Professor — The Ohio State University’s highest faculty honor.

The Office of Academic Affairs awards the permanent, honorific title of distinguished university professor on a competitive basis to full tenure-track professors who have exceptional records in teaching, research, scholarly or creative work, and in service. No one more than three faculty are honored each year. 

Kellie Archer, professor and chair of the Division of Biostatistics, highlighted Lemeshow’s “extensive record of achievement in biostatistics education, collaborative and biostatistical research, student and faculty mentoring, and service to the university and our profession” in her nomination letter.

Dean Amy Fairchild emphasized Lemeshow’s leadership as founding dean in developing the college’s “educational architecture of joint programs that truly distinguishes it among colleges of public health” and his instrumental involvement in multiple COVID-19 pandemic projects that served the state during a time of unprecedented need.

from left:  Patrick Louchouarn, Helen Malone, Stanley Lemeshow and Kristina M. Johnson.
University leadership — including President Kristina M. Johnson, Vice Provost for Academic Policy and Faculty Resources Helen Malone, Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Patrick Louchouarn — surprised Lemeshow during one of his courses on April 13.

Lemeshow and other honorees will receive a $30,000 grant to support their academic work and will automatically become members of the President’s and Provost’s Advisory Committee.

Lemeshow came to Ohio State in 1999 and served as the first director of the university’s Center for Biostatistics. He served as founding dean of the College of Public Health from 2003 to 2013 and oversaw CPH’s transition from a school within the College of Medicine to an independent college.

His biostatistics research includes statistical modeling of medical data, sampling, health disparities and cancer prevention. Lemeshow co-wrote multiple textbooks, including “Applied Logistic Regression,” the world’s most referenced book on epidemiology and biostatistics. He maintains ongoing relationships with multiple European universities and has taught more than 100 short courses on biostatistical methods in the United States and abroad.

Lemeshow is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the American Statistical Association.

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The Ohio State University College of Public Health is a leader in educating students, creating new knowledge through research, and improving the livelihoods and well-being of people in Ohio and beyond.  The College's divisions include biostatistics, environmental health sciences, epidemiology, health behavior and health promotion, and health services management and policy.   It is ranked 22nd among all colleges of public health in the U.S. by U.S. News and World Report, and also includes the top 8-ranked MHA degree program.  The college’s epidemiology specialty was ranked 19th. The College provides leadership and expertise for Ohio and the world through its Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Evaluation Studies (HOPES) and Center for Public Health Practice (CPHP).