Jay A. Gershen, D.D.S., Ph.D., has been elected as chair of the Inter-University Council of Ohio (IUC), which represents Ohio’s 14 public universities. Dr. Gershen is the first NEOMED leader to be voted (by the presidents of Ohio’s other public universities) into this position since the University became a member of IUC in 1984.
“It’s a credit to everybody who has worked here—the leadership in the past and the present. This is a big honor and it’s important to make sure that everybody is heard,’’ said Dr. Gershen.
Representing public universities
The IUC takes a leadership role in advocating for public policies of common concern to its member institutions. During Dr. Gershen’s tenure, the state of Ohio will elect a new Governor, appoint a new administration and develop the next biennial appropriations bill—a key point, since this bill will provide funding for NEOMED and other state universities over the next biennium, July 1, 2019-June 30, 2021.
The chairmanship begins in May. Normally it is a 12-month term, but Dr. Gershen will serve for 15 months, due to the upcoming retirement of the current chair, Ronald Berkman, Ph.D., president of Cleveland State University.