Ohio State President Kristina M. Johnson named to CFP's Board of Managers

Joey Kaufman
The Columbus Dispatch
Dr. Kristina Johnson, Ohio State's president, gives a heart gesture to Brutus Buckeye during the third quarter of the NCAA women's basketball game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Michigan State Spartans at Value City Arena in Columbus on Jan. 12, 2022.

Ohio State president Kristina M. Johnson will represent the Big Ten on the College Football Playoff’s Board of Managers, the school announced Monday.

Johnson replaces Penn State president Eric Barron, who is retiring at the end of this academic year.

The board, which consists of 11 university presidents and chancellors from the Football Bowl Subdivision conferences and Notre Dame, handles the playoff’s business, property and affairs. It also develops annual operating budgets, policies and additional guidelines.

The ranking of teams used for determining the four-team field, though, is set by the selection committee.

“As someone who was afforded significant academic opportunities as a result of my participation in sports, I have long recognized the importance of collegiate athletics and championed access to them for every student who desires it,” read a statement from Johnson, who played field hockey at Stanford.

“I am proud to have played a key role in preserving the 2020 Big Ten Conference fall season at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic and am looking forward to continuing my advocacy and working with the other presidents and chancellors on the College Football Playoff Board of Managers.”

Joey Kaufman covers Ohio State football for The Columbus Dispatch. Contact him at jkaufman@dispatch.com or on Twitter @joeyrkaufman.

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