Governor appoints two trustees

July 10, 2017 | News, UToday
By Meghan Cunningham

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 adviser, 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.


“I am honored and excited to be a part of The University of Toledo’s Board
of Trustees,” Kenney said. “I have a deep affection for the University and though I am not a graduate, I feel I am a Rocket at heart. The University of Toledo is a special place for all of us who live in this community. I will work hard to continue its great legacy.”

D’Eramo has had an extensive career in the automotive business, including serving as president of Dana Corp.’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.

“I’m honored to have been selected by the governor for this position,” D’Eramo said. “I look forward to serving in the local community at UT and am anxious to get started.”

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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