Ohio Dominican University


Ohio Dominican is strengthened by the leadership of our outstanding and dedicated Board of Trustees, administrative staff and faculty members.

Connie Gallaher

Office of the President

Connie Gallaher is the 17th president of Ohio Dominican University.

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ODU Faculty

Full-Time Faculty

Ohio Dominican faculty members excel in their fields, enjoy teaching and are dedicated to their students' success. 


Career Center staff meeting with a student.

ODU Staff

Our staff provides exceptional support to students, families, alumni and the entire ODU community.


  • Meri Armour
  • John Barker (Vice Chair)
  • Janet Bay, MD
  • John Cadwallader, JD
  • Grady Campbell
  • Sister Gemma Doll, OP
  • Adam Dufault
  • William G. Ebbing
  • Pam Ellis
  • Connie Gallaher (President)
  • Patricia Jackson
  • John Kelley III ’05 (MBA)
  • Sister Anne Lythgoe, OP
  • Jim Matesich
  • Patrick J. McCurdy, Jr. ’75
  • Heather Morris (Board Secretary Liaison)
  • Jim O’Connor (Treasurer)
  • Valerie Peters Cardwell ’83
  • Nicole Powell (Faculty Representative)
  • Fred Takavitz (Chair)
  • Pat Tiberi
  • Sister Patricia Twohill, OP (Prioress)
  • Ashlyn Willis (Student Representative)

  • Sister Ruth Caspar, OP, Professor of Philosophy (1968)
    PhD, MA, University of Notre Dame
    BA, Ohio Dominican College
  • Quentin Colgan, Professor of Philosophy (1984) 
    PhD, Duquesne University
    MA, St. Louis University
    MA, University of Notre Dame
    BA, MDiv, St. Meinrad
  • Jill C. Dardig, Professor of Education (1978)
    EdD, MEd, University of Massachusetts
    AB, Mount Holyoke College
  • Darlene Erickson, Professor of English (1989)
    PhD, Miami University
    MA, Western Michigan University
    BA, Aquinas College
  • Barbara A. Finan, Professor of Theology (1979)
    PhD, Marquette University
    MA, Aquinas Institute of Theology
    BA, Ohio Dominican College
  • Sister Joan Franks, OP, Professor of Philosophy (1971)
    PhD, University of Toronto
    MA, The Ohio State University
    BA, Ohio Dominican College
  • Robert Franz, Associate Professor of Education (1972)
    MAT, Michigan State University
    BA, St. Charles Borromeo College
  • Sister Roberta Miller, OP, Associate Professor of Sociology (1977)
    PhD, The Ohio State University
    MA, Hunter College
    BA, College of New Rochelle
  • Mary Lee Peck, Professor of Education (1989)
    PhD, MA, The Ohio State University
    BSE, The Ohio State University
  • William A. Vensel, Associate Professor of Theatre (1970)
    MA, Villanova University
    BA, St. Ambrose College
  • Joanne F. Vickers, Professor of English (1977)
    PhD, MA, The Ohio State University
    BA, Ohio Dominican College
  • Godwin Chukwunenye Duru, Associate Professor of Economics (1989)
    PhD, The Ohio State University
    MA, Morgan State University
    BA, University of Dallas
  • Anne M. Crimmings, Professor of Psychology (1978)
    PhD, The Ohio State University
    MA, The Ohio State University
    BA, LeMoyne College
  • Kathleen L. Riley, Professor of History (1995)
    PhD, University of Notre Dame
    MA, University of Notre Dame
    BA, Nazareth College of Rochester
  • Leo Madden, Professor of Theology (1991)
    S.T.B., Pontifical Gregorian University
    S.S.L., Pontifical Biblical Institute
    S.T.D., Pontifical Gregorian University
    B.S.F.S., Georgetown University

Note: Rank listed is at time of retirement.


Meet the Leadership Team

Connie Gallaher President 
Margaret Pomfret Executive Vice President for University Resources
Jeffrey Blair Athletic Director
Tom Brockman Vice President for Marketing 
Adam Hirschfeld Executive Director of Student Success 
Heather Morris Executive Assistant to the President and University Provost
John Naughton Vice President for Enrollment & Student Success
Shonna Riedlinger University Provost
Alvin Rodack Vice President for Finance & Administration and Chief Financial Officer
Chris Theve Chief Information Officer
Amy Thomas Dean of Students and Title IX Coordinator
Sr. Diane Traffas, OP Vice President for Mission & Identity
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