Presidential Search

The Opportunity

Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) is seeking a visionary and inspirational President reporting to the Board of Trustees to lead the University into the future as the Northeast Ohio’s preeminent public health sciences university. This opportunity is available due to the planned retirement of Jay Gershen, D.D.S., Ph.D., who has served NEOMED as President since 2010.

NEOMED, located in Rootstown, Ohio, is a community-based, public, academic health sciences university focused on the interprofessional training of health professionals. With nine higher education and 24 clinical partners, NEOMED is poised to become the national leader in community-based interprofessional and health sciences education. The University offers a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree; a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree; a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree and a Master of Science (M.S.) degree, each in integrated pharmaceutical medicine; a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in health-system pharmacy administration; a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in medical ethics and humanities; a Master of Public Health (M.P.H) degree; and certificates in medical ethics and humanities, and global health. A professional master’s degree and a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in modern anatomical sciences have recently been approved and will be enrolling students in the fall of 2019.

The next President will bring a forward-thinking vision for NEOMED and lead innovative efforts to achieve the institution’s mission to improve the health, economy and quality of life of the diverse communities of Northeast Ohio through education, research and service. Strategies to accomplish NEOMED’s mission will include:

  • Educate a diverse health professions student body
  • Champion the success of the students and alumni
  • Attract and retain top faculty talent
  • Establish a national reputation for excellence in research programs that bring value to the population of Northeast Ohio and beyond
  • Build academic programs to meet regional health care workforce needs
  • Oversee the expansion of NEOMED’s campuses in Northeast Ohio and beyond
  • Solidify and bring value to clinical and university partnerships across the Northeast Ohio region
  • Create the philanthropic vision and energy necessary to launch NEOMED to its next stage of national prominence


As the administrative leader for NEOMED, the ideal candidate should have demonstrable experience as an exceptional and inspirational communicator; possess a high degree of personal integrity and professionalism; exhibit fi nancial acumen in complex environments; and be able to represent the institution to a wide range of constituents. Experience with forming public-private partnerships; collaborating with clinical health system partners to advance health professional education, research and clinical care; and fundraising are all essential requirements for being a successful candidate. The next President must lead the organization with an inspiring passion and creative thinking for advancing NEOMED’s mission in the midst of a changing health care and educational landscape. The national executive search firm Witt/Kieffer is assisting NEOMED with this presidential recruitment.

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