Visiting Professors


David Wilhelm

Visiting Professor of Leadership and Public Affairs

David Wilhelm is the Founder and President of Woodland Venture Management, a company that raises and invests private equity in parts of the country that are underserved by the nation's financial industry. In that capacity, Wilhelm founded Adena Ventures, a venture capital fund targeting central Appalachia, and Hopewell Ventures, a second fund focused on entrepreneurial investing in a seven-state region stretching from Ohio to Nebraska.

Wilhelm is best known for his political work, which has included managing campaigns for President Bill Clinton, Senator Paul Simon, Senator Joe Biden, and Chicago Mayor Richard Daley. In 1993, he became the youngest ever Chair of the Democratic National Committee. Wilhelm holds degrees from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government (MPP) and Ohio University (BA), and recently served as Chair of the Ohio University National Alumni Board.


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George Voinovich

OHIO Visiting Professor of Leadership and Public Affairs

George V. Voinovich is a former United States Senator from the state of Ohio. Previously, he served as the 65th Governor of Ohio from 1991 to 1998, and as the 54th mayor of Cleveland from 1980 to 1989.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in government from Ohio University in 1958 and received a Law degree in 1961 from the Ohio State University. He worked as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives from 1967 to 1971. From 1971 to 1976, he was county auditor of Cuyahoga County, Ohio. From 1977 to 1978, he served as a member of the Cuyahoga County Board of Commissioners. In 1978, Voinovich was elected lieutenant governor.

In 1991 he became Chairman of the Midwestern Governors Association. In 1994, Voinovich was re-elected to the governorship with 72% of the vote. His tenure as governor saw Ohio's unemployment rate fall to a 25-year low and earned the state a #1 ranking for new and expanding business facilities. In 1998, Voinovich was elected to the U.S. Senate and then retired from office at the end of 2010.



W. Warner Burke

Visiting Professor of Leadership and Public Affairs

W. Warner Burke holds the Edward Lee Thorndike Professorship of Psychology and Education, serves as Coordinator for Graduate Programs in Social-Organizational Psychology, and is chair of the Department of Organization and Leadership of the Teachers College at Columbia University. He has authored over 150 articles and book chapters on organizational psychology and authored, co-authored, or edited 19 books. Burke is currently Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science and past editor of both Organizational Dynamics and The Academy of Management Executive. He consults with a variety of organizations on business, education, government, religious, and medical systems and has received numerous awards, including the Distinguished Scholar-Practitioner Award from the Academy of Management, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the OD Network, and the Award for Distinguished Contributions to Professional Psychology from the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology. Professor Burke earned his B.A. from Furman University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Texas, Austin.