Thomas V. Chema, With more than 30 years of leadership experience in business, government and the law, East Liverpool native Thomas V. Chema has left an indelible mark on Ohio's frontier.
President of Hiram College, Chema is a 1968 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a 1971 Cum Laude graduate of the Harvard Law School.
Prior to being named President of Hiram College, he served as a member of the institution's Board of Trustees for 11 years and chaired the Institutional Advancement Committee.
Chema began his career with the Cleveland-based law firm of Arter & Haden in 1971 and became a partner in 1979. He took a leave of absence in 1983 to serve as executive director of the Ohio Lottery Commission. In 1985, he was asked to become chairman of the Ohio Public Utilities Commission.
Appointed executive director of the Gateway Economic Development Corporation in 1990, he was responsible for overseeing the public/private partnership that led to the financing and construction of Jacob's Field and Gund Arena in Cleveland. He then resumed his law practice and in recent years has consulted across the country on sports and entertainment-related economic development projects as President of the Gateway Consultants Group, Inc.
A recognized expert on energy and telecommunications economics and regulation, infrastructure planning and developing public/private partnerships, Chema has published numerous articles and frequently lectures throughout the country, including assignments at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.
He is a trustee of civic and charitable boards including Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation, Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine Health System, St. Ignatius High School, Ohio Hunger Task Force, Historic Gateway Neighborhood Economic Development Corporation and Chair of the Board of UHHS/CSAHS Cuyahoga and Kids Voting Program.