Dr. Peter Cimbolic Named President of Ohio Dominican University

Peter Cimbolic


 COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Ohio Dominican University Board of Trustees has announced that Peter Cimbolic, Ph.D. will serve as the University’s next president.

Dr. Cimbolic will assume his presidential duties for a five-year contract beginning on July 1 of this year.

He currently serves as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Marywood University in Scranton, PA. He also holds academic rank as a tenured full professor of psychology.

Like Ohio Dominican, which was founded in 1911 by the Dominican Sisters of the Congregation of St. Mary of the Springs (now the Dominican Sisters of Peace), Marywood was founded in 1915 by the Congregation of Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. And like Ohio Dominican, it is an independent, comprehensive, Catholic coeducational institution. Marywood serves approximately 3,400 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students.

In making the announcement, Galen Barnes, Chairman of the ODU Board of Trustees, said, “We are pleased that we have attracted Peter Cimbolic to our open president’s position. Peter has extensive experience with Catholic institutions of higher learning. We are confident that he will lead us in achieving our Path to Preeminence, the strategic plan the Board of Trustees approved a few years ago. Peter’s warmth, extensive knowledge of higher education, academic experience in the classroom, and outstanding leadership abilities will serve ODU well in the years ahead. We are particularly excited that Peter is joining us as Ohio Dominican University prepares to celebrate its Centennial in 2011.”

In accepting the presidential appointment, Dr. Cimbolic said, “I am honored and humbled by the confidence placed in me by the Board of Trustees to serve as president of Ohio Dominican University. As the University enters into its second century of providing the highest quality education in a student-centered environment, I believe ODU will reach new heights on its Path to Preeminence, continuing to be inspired by its Catholic and Dominican roots. I look forward to being part of the transformative power of ODU as it continues to impact and improve the lives of the students and the community it serves.”

Since 2008 Dr. Cimbolic has also concurrently served as an Adjunct Professor of Neuroscience for 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 the Teachers College of Columbia University; and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri.

Dr.Cimbolic has published extensively including three books, eight book chapters, and 26 articles in psychology and psychiatry research journals. His areas of scholarly interest include sexual abuse, suicide and depression, and psychopharmacology. He is a past member of the Association of American Universities and its Council of Graduate School Deans and the Association of Graduate Schools in Catholic Colleges and Universities.

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; and is a charter member of the Northeastern Division of University and College Counseling Center Directors Association. He presently serves on the editorial board of Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity, the Journal of Treatment and Prevention and formerly served on the editorial board of the Journal of Counseling Psychology of the American Psychological Association.

Dr. Cimbolic is a recipient of the District of Columbia College Personnel Association Lifetime Research Award for his outstanding contribution to knowledge in the profession.

Active in his community, he currently serves on the board of directors of the Wall Street West Higher Education Consortium funded in part by Workforce Innovation, U.S. Department of Labor; the Lackawanna Industrial Fund Enterprise (Scranton, PA), and the Scranton Tennis Club. He also served on the board of directors of the Louisville Health Enterprises Network; and as president of St. Mary’s Parish Council, Annapolis, MD.

Dr. Cimbolic replaces Ron Seiffert, who has served as Interim President for the last year, while the search for a new president was underway. “We have been blessed with Ron’s capable leadership and dedication to the University, and on behalf of the Board of Trustees, I cannot thank him enough for what he has done for ODU. Ron has led a talented group of administrative staff and together, they have moved ODU forward. Most notably, during this period of interim administration, Ron has overseen the dedication of the Bishop James A. Griffin Student Center and commencement of construction of the new science building, Battelle Hall. Ron and the rest of the administrative team will continue to provide strong support for Peter as he takes the reins as our new president,” Barnes said.

In the coming months, Dr. Cimbolic and his wife Kristi will relocate to Columbus from their current residence in Scranton. Dr. Cimbolic has four 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 four grandchildren.