Ohio Dominican University’s Center for Dominican Studies and Office of Academic Affairs will host its annual St. Thomas Aquinas Convocation at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021. Members of the campus community are invited to attend the lecture in person in the Sr. Mary Andrew Matesich, OP Theatre; however, all attendees are required to wear facemasks and adhere to social distancing guidelines. Due to public health restrictions related to the COVID-19 health crisis, the general public is invited to watch the lecture remotely via livestream available at ohiodominican.edu/CDS.
ODU President Robert Gervasi, Ph.D. will deliver the keynote address, “Love and Justice in Aquinas and Our Lives.” Following the lecture, the Most Reverend Robert Brennan, Bishop of the Diocese of Columbus, will lead a Eucharistic Celebration in the theatre. Members of the campus community may attend Mass in person while wearing facemasks and remaining physically distanced. Mass also will be livestreamed.
Robert A. Gervasi, Ph.D. 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. 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, Dr. Gervasi has worked in public relations, marketing, and publishing for companies such as Bristol-Myers and Procter and Gamble.
Dr. 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. He lectured as a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Classics at the University of Zimbabwe in 1995.
Dr. Gervasi has presented on numerous topics, including ancient Greece, literature, higher education and religion. He can read or speak seven languages, and has completed 14 marathons. He and his wife, Jen, have three adult daughters and two grandchildren.