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Board of Trustees Leadership Named

The University of Dayton Board of Trustees announced today changes to the structure of the board and its leadership to ensure continuity in experienced leadership as the University continues to pursue its strategic vision.

"These leaders are particularly well-suited to help ensure the University's extraordinary momentum will continue," said David Yeager, current board chair. "In addition to a wealth of experience and skill, they each bring a particular understanding and appreciation of the University, our role in the community and the world, and our precious Catholic, Marianist heritage. Importantly, they each have the deep respect and confidence of the members of the Board of Trustees."

Mary Boosalis, president and CEO of Premier Health, has been named chair-elect of the board, and is expected to take over board leadership in 2019, when Yeager steps down. She will be the first woman in the University's 168-year history to serve as chair.

Boosalis has served as a UD trustee for nine years and currently serves on the Executive Committee and is past chair of the finance and facilities committees. She has broad-based experience on the UD board, with service on committees overseeing athletics, student life, research and scholarship, governance, and mission and identity. As president and CEO of Premier Health, Boosalis leads southwestern Ohio's largest health network, and is a board member of the Dayton Development Coalition Board, the Dayton Business Committee, the City Manager Advisory Council, and Hub Group Inc.

“The University of Dayton is a leader in education, research and living the Marianist principles across the nation and the world. When combined with long-standing success in guiding and inspiring students to learn, lead and serve, a reputation of excellence and achievement has been well-earned,” said Boosalis. “I am honored and humbled to serve in this role and know that the entire Board of Trustees looks forward to working with the University of Dayton family to enhance the work of the past to ensure a bright and exciting future."

The Rev. Oscar Vasquez, S.M., will serve as first vice chair ex officio of the board, a position reserved for the leader (provincial) of the Society of Mary in the United States, the religious order that founded and sponsors the University. Vasquez succeeds the Rev. Martin Solma, S.M., as Marianist provincial and University trustee.

Rick Omlor, retired president and CEO of YSI Inc., will serve in the new role of second vice chair. Omlor, who is a UD graduate in mechanical engineering, has served on the board since 2011, currently chairs the Finance and Facilities Committee and serves on several other committees. Omlor also represents the board of trustees on the steering committee guiding the redevelopment of the former Montgomery County fairgrounds, which UD co-owns with Premier Health, and has served with distinction as chair of the search committee for the vice president for facilities management and as a member of the University's strategic visioning committee.

In matters involving the former fairgrounds or any other Premier-related business, Boosalis will recuse herself from all board discussions and decision making, as she has since the UD-Premier partnership began, said University President Eric F. Spina.     

"I join the Board in thanking Mary and Rick as they step into their new leadership roles and look forward to working with them on the exciting opportunities and challenges before us," Spina said. "We also warmly welcome Father Oscar to the board, knowing that he will ensure the Marianist voice and perspective, so central to the University's life and identity, will be well represented in all our deliberations."


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