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University appoints new board leadership, adds new trustees

The University of Dayton has appointed Rick Omlor, retired president and CEO of YSI Inc., to a three-year term as chairperson of the board of trustees, and added three new trustees, effective July 1.

Omlor graduated from UD in 1979 with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering technology and has served in a variety of board leadership roles, including chair of the board for onMain, the University's joint project with Premier Health to redevelop the former county fairgrounds.

“It has been a pleasure to serve the University board in multiple capacities over the past 11 years,” Omlor said. “I look forward with gratitude to the honor and privilege of serving as chairperson of the board of trustees as we collectively move forward in these unprecedented, challenging, but exciting times in our future."

Omlor has served on the board since 2011 and succeeds Mary Boosalis, retired president of Premier Health. Boosalis, who completed 12 years as a University trustee including three years as UD's first female chairperson, was named a trustee emerita. Also named trustees emeriti were Bro. Thomas Giardino, S.M., who completed 23 years of service on the board; Thomas Holton, who served for nine years; and Joseph Spadaford, who completed 10 years.

Debra Plousha-Moore, principal of the Plousha Moore Group, has been named second vice chairperson of the board. Plousha-Moore earned a master's in education in 1989 from the University and also served as associate dean of students for more than 10 years. She and her husband, retired USAF Col. John E. Moore, Jr., have two sons who are both UD alumni.

The Plousha Moore Group (PMG) is a boutique consulting firm with more than 35 years of experience in executive-level leadership and advisory services. Plousha-Moore has served in progressive leadership roles in the healthcare industry, including executive vice president and chief of staff for Atrium Health.

"The University is truly blessed to have strong, stable leadership at the board level," said University President Eric F. Spina. "We look forward to working with our new leadership and trustees as we take the University to new heights. At the same time, we are deeply appreciative of the service of our retiring trustees, who have provided exceptional insight and guidance through the opportunities and challenges the University has faced."

Joining the board for three-year terms are three new trustees:

Terri Lee Freeman ('81, bachelor's journalism/communication arts); executive director of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture and former president of the National Civil Rights Museum (both are branches of the Smithsonian Museum at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee). Freeman was active at UD in the Epsilon Chi chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, which she pledged in 1979. She also earned a master's degree in organizational communications from Howard University. She has received a Distinguished Achievement Award from the UD Alumni Association.

Michael R. Herr ('90, bachelor's accounting); chief financial officer of SRAM, one of the world's largest suppliers of components to the bicycle industry. Herr and his spouse Katie ('94, bachelor’s elementary education), have one daughter who graduated in May with a premed degree and a second daughter currently at UD, also premed. The Herrs have served on the executive committee of UD's Parent Leadership Council and Michael is an advisory board member for the School of Business Administration.

Cary J. Stier ('90, bachelor's accounting); vice chair and managing partner for Deloitte’s Accounting & Advisory Transformation Services Group. Over the past 32 years, Stier has served in a variety of prominent leadership and strategic client roles. Cary and his spouse Sheila ('90 communications), have three children; a daughter graduated in May from UD with a degree in psychology. The Stiers are executive committee members of UD’s Parent Leadership Council.


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