Robert Gervasi, Ph.D.

University President

  • 1800 College Ave
  • Quincy, IL 62301
  • Francis Hall 128
  • 217-228-5432 ext:3900

Dr. Robert Gervasi joined Quincy University in June of 2008 as the University’s 22nd president. Since his arrival, the University has expanded its academic profile and community outreach, strengthened fundraising, increased enrollment, and enhanced campus life. Under Dr. Gervasi’s leadership, the University opened its first new student residence facility in forty years, celebrated the grand opening of The Connie Niemann Center for Music, and secured the largest from a living donor in its 153-year history to renovate the QU Center for Science. The number of students in the Honors Program has expanded from thirty to more than 200 in the last eight years. The University also has seen significant upgrades in the student cafeteria and its athletic facilities, including the construction of QU Stadium.

Before joining QU, Dr. Gervasi was president and C.E.O. 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 from Xavier University, an M.B.A. in Marketing from the Wharton School, and M.A. and PhD degrees 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 fund raising management from The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.

Dr. Gervasi currently serves on the executive committee of the Associated Colleges of Illinois, 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 board of directors of the Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities. He can read or speak Spanish, Italian, Greek (ancient and modern), Latin, French and German. Dr. Gervasi is an avid runner, having completed thirteen marathons, including the 2010 Athens Classic Marathon.