Robert A. Gervasi, PhD
- 1800 College Ave.
Francis Hall 128
- 217-228-5432 x3900
Dr. Robert Gervasi joined Quincy University in June of 2008 as the University's 22nd president, bringing more than thirty years' experience in higher education and business. Since his arrival, the University has expanded its academic profile and community outreach, improved its finances, strengthened fundraising, increased enrollment, and enhanced campus life. In August, 2011, the University opened its first new student residence in forty years—a state-of-the-art suite-style facility integrating single rooms in community apartments.
Before joining QU, Dr. Gervasi was president and C.E.O. of the Institute for Study Abroad in Indianapolis, Indiana. There he served 3,400 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, Ohio, the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and 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), and the Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities. He can read or speak Spanish, Italian, Greek (ancient and modern), Latin, French and German. Dr. Gervasi enjoys cinema, theatre, opera and travel. He is an avid runner, having completed thirteen marathons, including the 2010 Athens Classic Marathon. Dr. Gervasi also has enjoyed a lifelong familiarity with the Franciscan tradition, and he has made several visits to Assisi, Italy, the birthplace of St. Francis.