The Ohio State University created Campus Partners for Community Urban Redevelopment in 1995 to spearhead the revitalization of the urban neighborhoods around its Columbus campus. Campus Partners was incorporated as a non-profit organization to work with the city, community agencies, neighborhood civic associations and the university itself.
In January 1994, E. Gordon Gee, in his first term as president of Ohio State, established the University Area Improvement Task Force composed of representatives of university faculty, staff and students, university community organizations, and the City of Columbus to address the decline in the University District. In March 1994, Stephanie Hummer, a freshman student, was abducted near her off-campus residence and murdered. Her death underscored the importance of the task force’s work and moved that work forward to create a non-profit redevelopment corporation and prepare a comprehensive revitalization plan for the University District.
Ohio State employed Barry Humphries, a Columbus developer with extensive experience in urban neighborhood revitalization, to develop Campus Partners and then became its first president.
Terry D. Foegler, AICP, became president of Campus Partners in September 1996. He led Campus Partners through a transition from developing to implementing the plan. In consultation with the university, the city and neighborhood leaders, Mr. Foegler has identified key initiating projects. Meanwhile, Ohio State's Board of Trustees in May 1997 approved the revitalization plan. The trustees also authorized Campus Partners to proceed with a proposed mixed-use project to redevelop a declining commercial area near the university, including the acquisition of property. In addition, they allocated $500,000 for an employer-based homeownership incentive program for faculty and staff to buy homes in the University District. At the recommendation of the city's Planning Division, Columbus City Council in June 1997 adopted the revitalization plan as official city policy to guide city action in the University District.
After serving as president of Campus Partners for 12 years, Terry Foegler left in August 2008 and Doug Aschenbach, executive vice president who had joined Campus Partners in 2001, was named president in April 2009. Doug retired in June 2013 and Amanda Hoffsis was appointed President.
Keith Myers, CEO
As CEO of Campus Partners, Keith Myers is the visionary behind the organization and ultimately spearheads all major projects. In 1984, he founded the landscape architecture and urban planning firm MKSK and led its successful growth into the largest landscape architecture and planning firm in the Midwest. In Central Ohio, some of his most notable projects include leading the master planning of the Nationwide Arena District and the design of the Scioto Mile and the Scioto Greenways. In 2013, Keith was elected a Fellow in the American Society of Landscape Architects for works in landscape architecture. Keith received a B.S. in Landscape Architecture from Ohio State and remains involved in the Knowlton School of Architecture serving on the KSA Development Committee.
Amanda Hoffsis, PRESIDENT
In 2013 Amanda Hoffsis assumed the role of President of Campus Partners. In this role Amanda leads Campus Partners' development work throughout the University District neighborhoods including the investments in Weinland Park. In addition, Amanda is the Senior Director of Planning and Real Estate for The Ohio State University. Amanda’s university responsibilities include overseeing all real estate services, including all university related property sales and purchases, leases and easements, plus overseeing the general operations of the Planning and Real Estate department. Amanda is a wife and a mother of three.
Erin Prosser, DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
As Director of Community Development, Erin is responsible for Campus Partners’ neighborhood engagement with residents and stakeholders as well as Ohio State students, faculty and staff, and news media. She also facilitates the community development work of Campus Partners throughout the University District neighborhoods including the housing investment in Weinland Park and the commercial development along the High Street corridor. Erin joined the Campus Partners team in April 2010.
Prior to Campus Partners, Erin was an Urban Planner with MKSK and a Long Range Planner for the Franklin County Economic Development and Planning Department. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy and Political Science from Bowling Green State University in 2000 and her Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning from The Ohio State University in 2004.
Kyle Albert, DIRECTOR OF PROJECTS
As the Director of Projects, Kyle is responsible for guiding the design and implementation of Campus Partners' projects. Before joining Campus Partners in 2016, he practiced landscape architecture for private design firms where he managed a wide range of public and private projects. His sense of scale, knowledge of construction and his ability to connect with clients have allowed him to successfully execute and implement highly refined private gardens, complex urban streetscapes and large scale parks and community masterplans. Kyle is an alumnus of The Ohio State University Landscape Architecture program.
Chris Kimbrel, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF PROJECTS
As the Assistant Director of Projects, Chris assists in facilitating the design and construction of Campus Partners’ projects. Prior to joining Campus Partners, Chris practiced landscape architecture in private design firms for 18 years with a focus on detail design and implementation. Chris oversaw the design and construction of a wide range of projects including urban mixed use development, university planning, transportation and streetscapes, public gardens and large scale parks. His focus on craftmanship and attention to schedule and budgets enabled him to implement awarding winning projects across many communities in Ohio. Chris earned his degree in Landscape Architecture from the Ohio State University.
Dmitri Gaston, SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER
Dmitri A. Gaston joined Campus Partners in 2013 as a Senior Project Manager. He is responsible for off campus initiatives to enhance the neighborhoods surrounding the main academic campus. His work focuses on urban analysis, research and comprehensive reports of the University District’s housing and neighborhood condition indicators. Leading up to his Campus Partners appointment, Dmitri served as consultant for The Ohio State University evaluating various proposed strategic off-campus initiatives as implementation approaches that aligned with the University Framework Plan. Prior to this, Dmitri served as an urban planner for the District of Columbia Housing Authority, the 7th largest in the nation. Dmitri earned a BA dual degree in Mathematics and Sociology from the University of Dubuque and a Master’s of Community and Regional Planning from Iowa State University, School of Design. He has earned American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) designation.
Oscar Camacho-Cabrera, PROJECT COORDINATOR
Oscar Camacho-Cabrera had interned at The Ohio State University in the Planning and Real Estate department for 2 years while studying for his Bachelor's in Landscape Architecture. Once graduated, he joined the Campus Partners team in assisting the Director of Projects in the design and implementation of Campus Partners' projects.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
- Jay Kasey, OSU Senior Vice President, Administration and Planning, Chair
- Javaune Adams-Gaston, OSU Vice President for Student Life;
- Mike Papadakis, OSU Interim Senior Vice President and CFO, Treasurer
- Tom Katzenmeyer, President and CEO of the Greater Columbus Arts Council
- Christie Angel, President and Chief Executive Officer at YWCA Columbus
- David Frantz, Faculty Emeritus
- Guy Worley, CEO/President of CDDC and Cap South