Members of the Board of Trustees

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Student Trustees

Advisory Trustees

Executive Officers of the Board

  • Richard W. Pogue, Chair
  • Jonathan T. Pavloff, Vice Chair
  • Jennifer E. Blickle, Vice Chair

Professional Staff Officers of the Board

MalloTed A. Mallo
Secretary of the Board of Trustees;
Vice President and General Counsel

Paul Herold January 2012Paul A. Herold
Assistant Secretary of the Board of Trustees;
Special Assistant to the President

Biographies of Board Members

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Richard W. Pogue, Chair, was appointed to the Board in 2004 for a limited term and reappointed in 2006 for a full term. In 2003, Ohio Governor Bob Taft appointed Mr. Pogue chairman of the Governor's Commission on Higher Education. Currently he is an advisor to Jones Day, the second-largest law firm in the United States. Mr. Pogue has a long and distinguished legal career, serving as a partner with Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue from 1961 to 1994. He has been a director of many major companies, including TRW, Continental Airlines and Derlan Industries Ltd. He serves on the board of The University of Akron Foundation, and has been a trustee of Case Western Reserve University, University Hospitals of Cleveland, and many other institutions. Mr. Pogue has supported many civic organizations and charities, ranging from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to the United Way Services of Greater Cleveland. He received a B.A. degree from Cornell, a J.D. degree from the University of Michigan Law School, and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from The University of Akron in 2004. (Term expires 2015)
Jonathan T. Pavloff, Vice Chair, was appointed to the Board in 2011. With a successful logistics career that spans Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurial ventures and consulting, Pavloff has advised a number of clients in many industries on strategic planning and information technology issues and served as VP for an information services consulting company recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. His experience at Roadway Express and Roadway Services included 16 years as a corporate officer, including being president of Roadway Services' Information Technology operating unit, Summit Information Systems, and vice president of corporate planning. In the latter role, he managed business planning and development activity, culminating in the spin-off of Roadway Express from Roadway Services and the creation of Caliber System. Pavloff, a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, also serves on the boards of the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation, the Old Trail School Foundation and the Summa Foundation. (Term expires 2016) Jonathan T. Pavloff
Jennifer E. Blickle, 2012 Jennifer E. BlickleVice Chairappointed to the Board for a term beginning December 4, 2012, is an active civic leader and an involved alumna of The University of Akron. She graduated in 1973 with a bachelor’s degree in speech pathology/audiology and went on to earn a master's degree at Kent State University. Her family is steeped in UA tradition: her late father, John Pope, received his degree in mechanical engineering in 1943; her husband, John Blickle, earned a BS in accounting in 1973 and a JD in law in 1977; and her mother and three siblings, as well as her daughter-in-law, attended the University. Ms. Blickle has been a trustee of the Akron Community Foundation and is a sustaining member of the Junior League. She also has advised students through Collegescholars, Inc., a mentored scholarship program benefiting disadvantaged Akron students. She and her husband have supported the University through philanthropy focused on scholarships, intercollegiate athletics and the School of Law. They are the parents of three adult children. (Term expires 2017)
Roland H. Bauer was appointed to a full, nine-year term on the Board on September 13, 2011. From 2006 through 2009, he filled the unexpired term of another person and served on the Board in a variety of roles, including vice chair of the Board, chair of the Facilities Planning and Oversight Committee, and chair of the Quaker Square Coordinating Committee. Mr. Bauer is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Cypress Companies, Inc. and has been a member of the boards of the Akron Art Museum, the Greater Akron Chamber, the Akron Zoo, and both the Akron Symphony and its Foundation.  He also is a member of the College of Business Administration’s Advancement Council and the Northampton Rotary and is a commissioner of Metro Parks Serving Summit County and a director of the Western Reserve Bank of Medina. Mr. Bauer earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wake Forest University and a Juris Doctor degree from The Ohio State University. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from The University of Akron in May 2009.  Mr. Bauer and his wife, Mary, have three daughters. (Term expires 2020)
Dr. Alfred V. Ciraldo 2013 Alfred V. Ciraldo, M.D., appointed on October 28, 2013, graduated from Walsh Jesuit High School (1972), The University of Akron (1976) and The Ohio State University College of Medicine (1979). A board-certified general surgeon at Summit Surgical Associates Inc., he practices at Summa Health System and Akron General Medical Center. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the Ohio State Medical Association and American Medical Society. Dr. Ciraldo serves on the SummaCare Utilization Review Board, University Park YMCA Board and Summit County Republican Party Executive Committee. He also takes annual medical mission trips to the Dominican Republic with Medical Ministry International. A “regular” in area 5K runs and the Akron Marathon Team Relay, Dr. Ciraldo is a long-time sponsor and team captain with the Susan G. Komen Akron Race for the Cure. (Term expires 2022)
Olivia P. Demas was appointed to the Board for a term beginning September 13, 2012. An alumnus of the University who holds degrees in chemistry and law, Mrs. Demas previously was a member of the University’s National Alumni Board and a constituent board member for the School of Law, serving as its president in 2009-2011. Her community commitment includes serving on the boards of the Akron Bar Association and the Akron Community Foundation. Her past board affiliations include the Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, Ohio Ballet, Summit Developmental Disabilities Board and Old Trail School. Mrs. Demas is a member of the Akron/Canton Barristers Association, and the Ohio State Bar and Akron Bar Associations. A native of Guyana, South America, Mrs. Demas and her husband, Dr. William F. Demas, have three adult children and reside in Richfield. (Term expires 2021) Olivia P. Demas 2012
Ralph J. Palmisano was appointed to the Board in August 2010. A partner in the Akron law firm of Leiby, Hanna, Rasnick, Towne, Evanchan, Palmisano & Hobson, LLC, he represents clients in corporate, financing, real estate development, corporate acquisition and product liability defense matters. Mr. Palmisano has lived in the Akron area his entire life. He is a graduate of Akron North High School and The University of Akron and is a member of Lone Star Fraternity. He received his Juris Doctor degree from Cleveland Marshall Law School in 1973 and, before moving his practice to Akron, practiced law in Cleveland for 10 years. He has served on the boards of the Akron City Club, the Community Hall Foundation (Akron Civic Theatre) where he served as President, the Downtown Akron Partnership, the Revere Gridiron Club and the Revere Youth Football Association. He is a member of the Italian American Professional Businessman's Association and is active in the Italian American community of the Akron area. He and his wife, Barbara, have two children and currently live in Medina. (Term expires 2019)
Warren L. Woolford was appointed to the Board in 2009. He is the retired planning director for the City of Akron and began his career with the City of Akron in 1972 as a student intern in the Planning and Urban Development department. He held a variety of positions and in 1988 was promoted to comprehensive planning and zoning manager. He was appointed Director of Planning in June 1993. Woolford is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and earned his Bachelor's degree in social science and secondary education at Coppin State University in Baltimore and received his Master's degree in geography from The University of Akron. A resident of Akron for more than 30 years, he is a graduate of the Leadership Akron Class of 1995. He also is a member of Mount Calvary Lodge No. 76, the United Negro College Fund Night Committee, Christmas in April, the Great Trail Council Pathfinder Advisory Committee and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. In 1994, he was named Outstanding Alumnus by The University of Akron's Department of Geography and Planning. (Term expires 2018)

Student Trustees

Garrett E. Dowd, a Mechanical Engineering and Honors College student who expects to earn his bachelor's degree by May 2015, was appointed in November 2013. A very active and accomplished student, Dowd has volunteered at the Center for Families and Children, Cleveland Food Bank, C.O.R.E. and Make a Difference Day. He also has earned Dean's List acknowledgement every semester and is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society. In addition to completing internships at Rosetta and Kaczmar Architects Inc., both in Cleveland, GDowd completed a study abroad program at Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship in Bangalore, India, and worked as a design engineer on a prototype personal electronic vehicle at Power Plaza in Seoul, South Korea. He graduated from Walsh Jesuit High School and lives in Silver Lake. (Term expires 2015) Garrett E. Dowd
Matthew Hull Matthew R. Hull, who was appointed as a Student Trustee on September 9, 2014, is a May 2016 Juris Doctor candidate in The University of Akron School of Law. He received the Board of Trustees Scholarship for Academic Excellence as a law student and serves on the school's Student Disciplinary Committee. Hull earned a Bachelor of Science degree in political science from Akron in May 2013. He was on the Dean’s List every semester and received numerous academic scholarships as an undergraduate student. Hull has gained professional experience as an intern for Akron Judge Katarina Cook, as a bailiff for Canton Judge David Stucki and as a certified mediator. Currently, he is a law clerk for Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co. L.P.A. in Canton. A resident of Canton, Ohio, Matthew has volunteered on judicial election campaigns in Summit and Stark Counties and for the Stark County Board of Elections, Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics and the Salvation Army. (Term expires 2016)

Advisory Trustees

Anthony J. Alexander, named an Advisory Trustee in August 2013, is president and chief executive officer of FirstEnergy Corp. and a member of the company’s Board of Directors. After earning a bachelor’s degree in accounting from The University of Akron in 1972, Alexander began his career in the Tax Department of Ohio Edison. He entered the University’s School of Law, earned a JD in 1975 and joined Ohio Edison’s Legal Department as an attorney in 1976. He rose steadily through the ranks to become senior attorney in 1984; associate general counsel in 1987; vice president and general counsel in 1989; senior vice president and general counsel in 1991; and executive vice president and general counsel in 1996. In 1997, Alexander was elected executive vice president and general counsel of FirstEnergy and became its president in 2000. He was elected president and chief operating officer in 2001 and assumed his current position in January 2004. (Term expires 2016) Anthony J. Alexander
Sandra Pianalto  Sandra Pianalto, who retired in 2014 as president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, is the first person to hold the Advisory Trustee position, established by the Board in 2011. Pianalto joined the Bank in 1983 and progressed through the ranks to become president in 2003. She also serves as vice chair of the board of University Hospitals and is a past chair and a life director of the board of United Way of Greater Cleveland, as well as a member of many other community boards, including The Cleveland Foundation, Greater Cleveland Partnership, Team Northeast Ohio, College Now Greater Cleveland, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Pianalto is a graduate of The University of Akron, The George Washington University and Duke University’s Advanced Management Program in the Fuqua School of Business. (Term expires 2015)