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2018 Commencement

More Than 200 Students Receive Degrees during Spring Commencement

Ohio Dominican University officially welcomed more than 200 graduates into its alumni family during the University’s 109th Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 12. Graduates were joined by hundreds of family and friends in Alumni Hall.

May 12, 2018

Ohio Dominican University officially welcomed more than 200 graduates into its alumni family during the University’s 109th Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 12. Graduates were joined by hundreds of family and friends in Alumni Hall.

Download a PDF announcing the students who received their degree at ODU's 2018 Spring Commencemnt

ODU Trustee Ann Gallagher delivered the keynote address. ODU also conferred the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa upon outgoing Board of Trustees member Sister Janice Bachman, OP, and outgoing board chair Thomas Mueller.

“Commencement is a time for our graduates to celebrate one of life’s great achievements – earning their degree,” said ODU President Robert A. Gervasi, Ph.D. “Commencement is also a profoundly important time since it marks the beginning of a new, challenging and rewarding journey. I’m thrilled that our graduates had an opportunity to hear from Ann, and to recognize Sr. Janice and Tom for their tireless and generous work in support of ODU and Catholic higher education. I can think of no better examples for our graduates to emulate as they embark on this next exciting phase of their lives.”

Sr. Janice is completing her second term as a member of the Ohio Dominican University Board of Trustees, where she has served as chair of the finance committee and a member of the executive committee since 2010. She has served more than three decades on the ODU Board: from 1980 to 1996 and from 2003 until now. Sr. Janice earned a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from The Ohio State University; an MBA with a concentration in Management from Xavier University in Cincinnati; a Master of Arts in Christian Spirituality from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska; and a Diploma in Analytical Psychology from the Ontario Association of Jungian Analysts.

Sr. Janice spent the first half of her Dominican life in healthcare ministry, beginning in pharmacy services and later in hospital administration in Ohio, Michigan and Minnesota. While serving as the chief operating officer for the Benedictine Health System in Duluth, Minnesota, Sr. Janice was elected to the Leadership Team of the Dominican Sisters of St. Mary of the Springs (now the Dominican Sisters of Peace). She has ministered as a spiritual and retreat director in Columbus since 1997 and has been involved in the training and supervision of spiritual directors for the past 20 years as a Jungian analyst. She also has taught on the summer faculty for Creighton University’s Graduate Program in Christian Spirituality and received the Columbus Metropolitan Area Church Council’s “Living Faith Award” in 2000 in recognition of her exemplary faith and influence of her faith within her vocation and in the larger community.

Mueller has served on ODU’s Board of Trustees since 2005, and was elected chair in 2011. He currently serves as president and partner of Mueller Consulting Inc., a consulting firm specializing in the restaurant industry. In 2006, he retired as president and chief operating officer of Wendy’s International, Inc., where he had oversight of more than 6,700 restaurants around the world. Prior to joining Wendy’s, he served as senior vice president of operations of North America for Burger King Corporation.

He began his career in 1972 as an assistant restaurant manager in Buffalo, New York, and rose through the ranks to leadership in one of the world’s most recognizable restaurant brands.  Mueller attended the State University of New York at Fredonia.

In addition to his service on ODU’s Board of Trustees, Mueller has served on other boards including the Einstein Noah Restaurant Group and The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, the only public nonprofit in the United States that focuses exclusively on foster care adoption. He and his wife, Karen, have two adult children and three grandchildren.

Gallagher joined ODU’s Board of Trustees in 2014. She is president and founder of Gallagher Consulting Group, a strategy and communications firm based in Columbus, Ohio. She previously worked in investor and public relations for LBrands, and in communications and political affairs roles for the Ohio Chamber of Commerce.

Gallagher earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from The Ohio State University, and a Master of Arts in Communication and Leadership from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. She is a member of the National Communications Honor Society's, Lambda Pi Eta, Graduate Chapter at Gonzaga, and is an active member of the International Coach Federation. She serves on numerous boards and is a founding member of the United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council and the Martha’s Giving Circle of the Catholic Foundation. She has been recognized by Women for Economic and Leadership Development as a “Woman you Should Know,” and has been invited by The White House to share her insights on business issues and the economy. She was also named a “Forty under 40” leader to watch by Columbus Business First.

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ODU Spring Commencement 2018