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Joe Alutto

Joe Alutto

Provost, interim president | Ohio State | Class of 1965

What had all the makings of a horrifyng memory turned into a happy one for future Ohio State provost Joe Alutto (Class of '65).

“I remember seeing my first tornado, one that touched down just outside Champaign-Urbana," he says. "A few days after, some of us drove out to see the damage done to a couple of farms.

"In talking to residents looking over the damage, I was struck by the acceptance of what had happened and the understanding that ‘we rebuild and go on.’ That always remained with me as the heart of Midwestern values.”