Robert Gervasi

Fulbright Prize Chair

Robert A. Gervasi, Ph.D. served most recently as interim president of the University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio, following service as president of Ohio Dominican University in Columbus, Ohio. 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, 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.

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