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ODU President Robert GervasiDr. Robert A. Gervasi began his term as Ohio Dominican University's president on June 26, 2017.

Dr. Gervasi came to ODU from Quincy University in Quincy, Illinois, where he served as president. During his tenure, the university expanded its academic profile and community outreach, strengthened fundraising, increased enrollment, and enhanced campus life. 

Before joining Quincy, Dr. Gervasi was president and CEO of the Institute for Study Abroad in Indianapolis, Indiana. There he served more than 3,000 American students annually at 80 universities worldwide. Prior to that, he served as dean of Kentucky Campuses and dean of external programs for McKendree University at its Louisville campus. In these positions, he had responsibility for all executive functions such as strategic planning, faculty development, marketing, fundraising and recruitment.

Dr. Gervasi 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, Ohio. He also lectured as Senior Fulbright Scholar in Classics at the University of Zimbabwe. 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 received 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 received a certificate in fundraising management from The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.

Dr. Gervasi previously served on the executive committee of the Council of Independent Colleges, the Council of Presidents of the Great Lakes Valley Conference (NCAA Division II), the board of directors of the Great River Economic Development Foundation and the executive committee of the Associated Colleges of Illinois. He can read or speak Spanish, Italian, Greek (ancient and modern), Latin, French and German. Dr. Gervasi is an avid runner and has completed 14 marathons.

Dr. Gervasi’s wife, Jen, is a former executive in the home fashion industry and arts organizations. They have three adult daughters, Clare, Irene and Sarah, as well as two grandchildren, Sofia and Francis.

Read more about Dr. Gervasi in our Summer 2018 issue of 1216 | The Magazine of Ohio Dominican University

Dr. Gervasi's Inauguration

Ohio Dominican University officially installed Robert A. Gervasi, Ph.D. as the University’s 16th president at a ceremony on Friday, April 27, 2018, in Alumni Hall. Hundreds of students, faculty, staff, alumni, trustees and friends were in attendance to celebrate this historic occasion in the life of the University. Visit the Inauguration page to watch videos, view photos and read Dr. Gervasi's remarks from the ceremony.

Additional Information

  • Contact the President's Office
    President's Office
    Erskine Hall, Room 238
    1216 Sunbury Road
    Columbus, OH 43219

    Phone: (614) 251-4690
    Email: presidentsoffice@ohiodominican.edu
  • Past Presidents
    The Dominican Sisters of St. Mary of the Springs (now the Dominican Sisters of Peace) were founded in Somerset, Ohio, in 1830 and moved to Columbus in 1868.

    In 1911, the sisters received a charter from the state of Ohio to establish a women’s college. A successful teaching congregation for nearly 100 years, the Dominicans wanted to build on the excellence of their academy and provide college classes in an area where there was no Catholic higher education available to their graduates and to the candidates for the order.

    After a decade of experimenting, the Sisters opened the College of St. Mary of the Springs in 1924 as a four-year, Catholic liberal arts college for women.

    Until the college formally separated from the congregation, the congregation’s prioress, who served three-year terms, also served as the college’s president.

    In 1968, under Sister Suzanne Urhane’s leadership, the college changed its name to Ohio Dominican College.

    In 2002, under the leadership of Ohio Dominican’s first male and first lay leader, Jack P. Calareso, PhD, the college changed its status again to become Ohio Dominican University.

    Past Presidents
    • Sister Stephanie Mohun, 1911 - 1914 
    • Sister Constance Keelty, 1914 - 1917 
    • Sister Justina Hogan, 1917 - 1920 
    • Sister Maria Theresa, 1920 - 1923 
    • Sister Regina Murphy, 1923 - 1926 
    • Sister Adele Heffley, 1926 - 1932 
    • Sister Bernardine Lynam, 1932 - 1935 
    • Sister Aloyse Fitzpatrick, 1935 - 1944 
    • Sister Anacletus Oger, 1944 - 1947 
    • Sister Angelita Conley, 1947 - 1964 
    • Sister Suzanne Uhrhane, 1964 - 1978 
    • Sister Mary Andrew Matesich, 1978 - 2001
    • Jack Calareso, Ph.D., 2001 - 2007
    • The Most Rev. James A. Griffin, 2007 - 2008 (interim)
    • Brian Nedwek, Ph.D., 2008 - 2009
    • Ronald J. Seiffert, 2009 - 2010 (interim)
    • Peter Cimbolic, Ph.D., 2010 - 2017
    • Robert Gervasi, Ph.D., 2017 - Present