Members of the Board of Trustees

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Student Trustees

Advisory Trustees

Executive Officers of the Board

  • Jonathan T. Pavloff, Chair
  • Jennifer E. Blickle, Vice Chair
  • Roland H. Bauer, Vice Chair

Professional Staff Officer of the Board


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

Biographies of Board Members

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Jonathan T. Pavloff, 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, Vice Chair, 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

Joseph M. Gingo, appointed on March 25, 2016, has served as Chairman of the Board at A. Schulman, Inc. since February 26, 2008, having also been its President and CEO in 2008-2014. For more than 40 years prior, he was employed at the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company in a variety of senior leadership positions.. He earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Case Institute of Technology (now Case Western Reserve University), a law degree from The University of Akron and a master's degree in business management from the Sloan Fellowship program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In addition to serving as a Director of The University of Akron Foundation Board, he has served as a Trustee, Director or board member with such area organizations as Greater Akron Musical Association of the Akron Symphony and Northeast Ohio Technology Coalition, Omnova Solutions Inc. and Northeast Ohio Medical University Foundation. (Term expires 2023)

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)

William A. Scala

William (Bill) A. Scala, appointed on March 25, 2016, is President and Chairman of Kenmore Construction Co., Inc., responsible for overall company operations including project bidding, negotiations, strategic planning and management. He joined Kenmore in 1972 and served as Controller from 1975 to 1981, President from 1982 to 1985, and President and Chairman since 1985. Previously, he was a Field Accountant for Touche, Ross and Co. He earned a bachelor’s of science in accounting from The University of Akron in 1975 and later attended its School of Law. In the community, he has served as a board member and Chairman of the Board at Archbishop Hoban High School in Akron and as a member of the Foundation Committee at the Interval Brotherhood Home in Akron. (Term expires 2024)

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

Darnell D. Davis Jr. was appointed Student Trustee by Gov. John Kasich on August 10, 2015. A political science major who is on track to graduate in December 2016, he plans to pursue an advanced degree at UA. Davis has served as a student engagement coordinator, as chief of staff for the Male Excellence Network, as diversity director of the Residence Hall Council and as president of Grant Hall. Davis has completed an internship in the Office of the President, and he has served on the Rethinking Race Planning Committee and the Black Male Summit Planning Committee, among others. His numerous awards include the Student Intercultural Understanding Award in 2013, Commitment to Diversity Award in 2012 and National Residence Hall Honorary Bronze Pin. (Term expires 2017)

Darnell D. Davis Jr.
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 Arts 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 the retired president and chief executive officer of FirstEnergy Corp. 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, became president and chief executive officer and Board member in January 2004, and retired in 2015. (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. She also serves the University as Executive-in-Residence and FirstMerit Chair in Banking in the College of Business Administration. Pianalto is 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 College Now Greater Cleveland. Pianalto is a graduate of The University of Akron and The George Washington University. She joined the Federal Reserve Bank in 1983 and progressed through the ranks to become its president in 2003. (Term expires 2018)