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Connie Gallaher


President's Office

Erskine Hall 238

  • M.S. Nursing Administration, The Ohio State University College of Nursing
  • B.S. Nursing, The Ohio State University College of Nursing

Connie Gallaher began her term as Ohio Dominican University's president in June 2021.

A registered nurse for more than 40 years, Connie Gallaher has served in numerous executive leadership roles with all three major adult health systems in the Central Ohio region. She spent the last 14 years with OhioHealth in Columbus, most recently serving as chief operating officer, then president of OhioHealth at Home, which provides comprehensive care and treatment to patients in their home setting. During her tenure, Gallaher identified and executed various strategic initiatives to develop program offerings, expand patient access to quality care, and enhance patient responsiveness, including during the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to her roles with OhioHealth at Home, she served as system vice president of OhioHealth Neuroscience. Gallaher retired from OhioHealth in February.

Before joining OhioHealth, Gallaher served in a wide range of roles, including vice president at Riverside Methodist Hospital; associate administrator of the Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital at The Ohio State University Medical Center; and as vice president, chief nursing officer, and director of patient care services at Mount Carmel East Hospital, all in Columbus, Ohio. She served as president of the Bariatric Care Center of Ohio in Groveport; vice president and chief operating officer of Health Care Plus and Preferred Care Plus in Columbus; and administrator and director of patient care services at Grant Medical Center in Columbus. She also has served as a staff nurse, head nurse and director at The Ohio State University Medical Center.

Gallaher has served as adjunct clinical faculty at The Ohio State University College of Nursing, and has presented on a variety of topics, including health care, teamwork and leadership. She has been recognized for her leadership within the health care field, and has been credited with developing leaders who serve in a wide range of settings and environments.

Gallaher earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing Administration from The Ohio State University College of Nursing, and a Certificate in Internal Coaching from the Hudson Institute of Coaching. She has been a registered nurse since 1978.

Active in her community, Gallaher has participated in many organizations, including the Alzheimer’s Association and the American Heart Association. During her work in neuroscience, she worked with many different associations that focus on neurological disorders including multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).