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Governor appoints two trustees to UT Board

A financial adviser and the chief executive officer of an international automotive supplier have been appointed to The University of Toledo Board of Trustees.

Patrick J. Kenney, a financial adviser with Wilcox Financial, was named by Ohio Gov. John Kasich to a full nine-year term ending July 1, 2026. He takes the seat of Gary P. Thieman who completed his term as a trustee in June.

F. Patrick “Pat” D’Eramo, president and CEO of Martinrea International Inc., was named by the governor to a term ending July 1, 2021. He will complete the remaining years of the trustee position that became vacant in 2012 when Richard McQuade and Carroll Ashley completed their service on the board.

“I look forward to welcoming Patrick and Pat to the board and the perspectives they will bring from their vast business experience as we set the path forward for UT,” said Steven Cavanaugh, chair of the UT Board of Trustees.

Kenney, a registered investment advisor, has more than 30 years experience running a financial advisory practice assisting individuals and corporations in a variety of financial issues. His entrepreneurial experience includes co-founding Health Care Solutions and CareLink Nursing Services, as well as serving as a founding member of the Ohio Innovations Fund that supports technical startup companies.

Kenney has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and is a CPA.

D’Eramo has had an extensive career in the automotive business, including serving as president of Dana Corporation’s Commercial Vehicle Technology group, vice president of manufacturing for Toyota and varied manufacturing management roles for General Motors.

He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in manufacturing management from Kettering University.

Hedyeh Elahinia, of Sylvania, was appointed a student member of the board to serve through July 1, 2019. Elahinia is a pre-med senior with a biology major and chemistry minor. She is co-president of the UT Muslim Students Association.


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