Vice Provost

Vice Provost

Gil Latz

Gil Latz, vice provost for global strategies and international affairs and professor of geography, is a leading expert on curricular internationalization and has extensive experience advancing international education, research and engagement at institutions of higher education.

He serves as Ohio State’s senior international officer and his work is dedicated to fully integrating international and cross-cultural experiences within the academic units and expanding and enhancing the university’s global reach.

Prior to his appointment at Ohio State, Latz served as associate vice chancellor for international affairs and professor of geography at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis; and associate vice president for international affairs and affiliated philanthropic studies faculty member at Indiana University. He also was affiliated with Portland State University for 28 years where he held faculty positions in geography and international studies, and served as vice provost for international affairs for nine years.

Latz has published widely on internationalization, diversity, community engagement and global learning for all – and how these areas intersect – as well as the internationalization of higher education in the United States and Asia.

His research also focuses on regional development and resource management policy (rural and urban areas) in East Asia, North America and Europe. Specific topics of interest include: comparative regional and metropolitan development; and the conservation of cultural landscapes. Latz has longstanding research interest in Japan’s modernization process and, most recently, in terms of the role played by philanthropy and civic leadership.

Latz’s national leadership includes service as senior associate for internationalization, Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement, American Council on Education (2016-present); president, Association of International Education Administrators (2015-2017); Indianapolis Core Team Member, Brookings/JPMorgan Chase Global Cities Exchange initiative; and the executive committee, Association of International Education Administrators.

He earned his PhD and master’s degrees in geography from the University of Chicago and his bachelor’s degree in religion and English literature from Occidental College, Los Angeles.


Jill Toft, Executive Assistant