Ohio Dominican University President Robert A. Gervasi, Ph.D. has been elected to the Fulbright Association’s national Board of Directors. His three-year term will begin in January 2020, and conclude in January 2023. Gervasi lectured as a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Classics at the University of Zimbabwe in 1995.
“I am grateful to the Fulbright Association for the opportunity to serve on its distinguished national Board of Directors,” Gervasi said. “While I have great affection for the Association as a Fulbright alumnus, I am particularly energized to join the organization’s leadership because of the common connection between the Fulbright Association’s mission and the commitment of Ohio Dominican University to promote international education as a way to build cultural connections and serve as a grassroots force for peace in the world.”
The Fulbright Association is the private, nonprofit membership organization of Fulbright Program alumni and friends. The Association is dedicated to promoting the flagship program for international education and cultural exchange, enriching the experiences of visiting Fulbright students, teachers, and scholars in their host communities throughout the United States, and fostering a global network of Fulbright alumni. The Board of Directors is unpaid and members serve in a pro bono capacity. Members pay their own expenses for travel to board meetings.
This past spring, the Fulbright Association approved Ohio Dominican to serve as the host institution for its Central Ohio chapter. As the newest of its more than 50 local chapters, ODU provides Fulbright alumni and visiting Fulbrighters with diverse opportunities for networking, professional development, mentoring, cultural enrichment, and community service.
Gervasi has served as president of Ohio Dominican University since June 2017. He previously served as president of Quincy University in Quincy, Illinois, and as president and CEO of the Institute for Study Abroad in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he served more than 3,000 American students annually at 80 universities worldwide. He also previously served as dean of Kentucky Campuses and dean of external programs for McKendree University at its Louisville campus. He has taught at the University of Louisville, McKendree University, Chatfield College in St. Martin, Ohio, Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, Xavier University in Cincinnati, the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and The Ohio State University in Columbus. In addition to his work in higher education, Gervasi has worked in public relations, marketing, and publishing for companies such as Bristol-Myers and Procter and Gamble.
Gervasi earned his A.B. in Classics (summa cum laude) from Xavier University, an MBA in Marketing from the Wharton School, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Classics from The Ohio State University. He also studied at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, Greece, as well as Corpus Christi College at Cambridge University, and he earned a certificate in fundraising management from The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.