Dr. Robert Gervasi is stepping down as president of Quincy University. He informed the Board of Trustees at the executive meeting on February 25 that he accepted a position to become the new president at Ohio Dominican University.
“It has been a tremendous honor to serve QU students and the larger Quincy region. The campus has undergone a dramatic transformation during the past nine years that has enhanced the environment for students’ education and has set the stage for further developments in the future,” Gervasi said.
Gervasi will continue as president of Quincy University until the end of the current academic year.
The QU Board of Trustees will meet in April to continue discussions about the leadership for the university.
“I congratulate Dr. Gervasi on this new adventure and thank him for his service these past nine years. The average tenure of a university president is around six years, so we have been blessed,” Father Tom Nairn, OFM, Quincy University board chair, said.
The board will solicit input from faculty, staff and students as the university moves forward to select new leadership.
Dr. Gervasi started on June 1, 2008 and is the school’s 22 President. He has served as the president and C.E.O. of the Institute for Study Abroad in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Prior to that, he served as dean of Kentucky Campuses and dean of external programs for McKendree University at its Louisville campus. He has lectured at numerous colleges and universities in the US and abroad, including two terms as Senior Fulbright Scholar in Classics at the University of Zimbabwe.