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The Ohio Dominican University (ODU) Board of Trustees has announced the search for  the university’s 17th president, an appointment to become effective no later than July 1, 2021.  The new president will succeed Dr. Robert Gervasi, who will retire in June 2021. Nominations and applications are encouraged for this critical leadership opportunity at Central Ohio’s only Catholic university.

Presidential Search Profile

ODU seeks nominations and applications for the position of President. The principal focus of our search is to recruit an outstanding leader from a rich and diverse applicant pool. We particularly welcome applications from non-traditional backgrounds, particularly proven business leaders and those with extensive fundraising experience. Our goal is to identify a visionary leader who will work with passion and urgency to promote the university’s rich Catholic Dominican tradition; its reputation for serving a diverse student body that includes many first-generation and adult students; its commitment to quality teaching and student transformation; and its ability to blend the liberal arts and pre-professional curricula in a comprehensive educational program.

Download the full Presidential Search Profile at the link below (PDF, 444KB)

Presidential Search Profile

Presidental Search Profile 2020 PDF

Questions and application materials should be submitted electronically to:

Mr. Tom Winters – Chair, Board of Trustees
Presidential Transition Task Force

Email ODUPresidentialTransition

All inquiries and applications will be received and evaluated in full confidentiality.


The Presidential Transition Task Force

  • Tom Winters
  • Sr. Gemma Doll
  • John Barker
  • Fred Takavitz
  • Matt Yuskewich
  • Dr. Janet Bay
  • Pat Tiberi


The Presidential Search Committee will be accepting nominations and applications until Thanksgiving 2020 and will assess the candidate pool at that time. Although applications will be accepted until a new president is selected, candidates should submit all materials by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020 for the most favorable consideration. The new president will be invited to begin work on or about April 1, 2021.