Board of Trustees
W.G. "Jerry" Jurgensen was appointed to the board by Governor Strickland in May 2009. He is the retired C.E.O. of Nationwide Insurance. He served as chief executive for 8 years. Prior to joining Nationwide Mr. Jurgensen was an Executive Vice President with Banc One Corporation, now a part of J.P. Morgan Chase.
Jurgensen currently serves on the boards of two publically held companies, Con Agra Foods and AIG.
Prior to his retirement he served on numerous civic organizations, including the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, The Columbus Partnership, The Columbus Downtown Development Corporation, and The Law Enforcement Foundation of Ohio where he was Chairman. He was a Trustee of Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois, The Columbus College of Art and Design and Nationwide Children’s Hospital. He has been a member of several business organizations including The Ohio Business Roundtable, The National Business Roundtable and The Financial Services Roundtable.
Mr. Jurgensen has chaired two Gubernatorial Commissions dealing with education in the State, one for Governor Taft dealing with Teaching Success and one for Governor Strickland concerning Public/Private Collaboration in support of Education. He has been a strong supporter of Columbus Public schools starting Principal for a Day and Project Mentor and served as a Board member of Project Grad.
Mr. Jurgensen received his B.S.B.A. and M.B.A. from Creighton University. He resides in Columbus, Ohio with his wife, Patty; they have two grown children and 5 grandchildren.