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Dr. Peter Cimbolic


President's Office

Erskine Hall, Room 238

  • Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia 
  • M.A., Columbia University
  • B.S., Montclair State College

In the spring of 2010, the Ohio Dominican University Board of Trustees appointed Peter Cimbolic, Ph.D. as the 15th president of the institution.

Watch Dr. Cimbolic's Inauguration Ceremony.

Under Dr. Cimbolic’s leadership, Ohio Dominican adopted and implemented a long-range Strategic Plan. During his tenure, ODU also has introduced numerous new market-sensitive undergraduate and graduate programs, including Central Ohio’s first and largest Physician Assistant Studies master’s program, which graduated its first class in December 2014.

Before serving as ODU’s president, Dr. Cimbolic was the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and a tenured full professor of Psychology at Marywood University in Scranton, PA.

Since 2008, Dr. Cimbolic also concurrently served as an Adjunct Professor of Neuroscience at The Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton; and from 2003 to 2007, as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs and as a tenured Professor of Psychology at Bellarmine University, an independent Catholic university in Louisville, Kentucky.

From 1999 to 2003, he served as Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies for The Catholic University of America. Before that, he served as Director of the Counseling Center at Catholic University for 18 years, and as a tenured professor in the Department of Psychology.

Earlier in his career, Dr. Cimbolic served on the faculty and directed counseling centers at the University of North Texas and the University of New Hampshire.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Montclair State College; a master’s degree in Developmental Psychology from Columbia University; and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Dr. Cimbolic is an internationally known scholar who has published extensively and is the recipient of the District of Columbia College of Personnel Association Lifetime Research Award for his “outstanding contribution to knowledge in the profession.” His areas of scholarly interest include sexual abuse, suicide and depressions, and psychopharmacology. 

A licensed psychologist, he is also a member of the Council of Health Service Providers of Psychology; the American Psychological Association; the Society of Psychotherapy Research; the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health.

He has served on the editorial board of Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity, the Journal of Treatment and Prevention and on the editorial board of the Journal of Counseling Psychology of the American Psychological Association.

Active in his community, he has served on the boards of various civic, church and community organizations, including the board of trustees for The Catholic Foundation in Columbus.

Dr. Cimbolic is the father of five children: Mrs. Christie Baker of Marblehead, MA; Dr. Kathleen Gunthert of Silver Spring, MD; Peter Cimbolic of Baltimore, MD; and Brian Cimbolic of Odenton, MD. Dr. Cimbolic is the proud grandfather of six grandchildren. 

He, his wife Kristi and their son, Stephen, reside in Columbus.