presidents’ homes around the state
Bowling Green President Mary Ellen Mazey.
Home: On Wintergarden Road, Bowling Green.
History: BGSU has had an official president’s home since 1914. The current home was built in 1991 and purchased in 2005 by the BGSU Foundation.
Four bedrooms, five full baths and one half-bath.
President Cynthia Jackson-Hammond.
Home: On the Central State campus.
History: CSU trustees agreed last year to spend $415,000 in CSU Foundation money to remodel the house, built in 1978.
Cleveland State President Ronald Berkman.
Home: On Eaton Road, Shaker Heights.
History: The home was built in 1937. The CSU Foundation bought it in 2009 for $808,000 and is leasing it to CSU. The university and the foundation spent about $200,000 to remodel the home for Berkman and his wife, Patsy.
The Georgian-style home has three full baths, three half-baths, a pool, four bedrooms.
KSU President Lester Lefton.
Home: On Elizabeth Court, Kent.
History: Lefton and his wife, Linda, bought the newly built home in 2006 for $792,550. The couple sold it to Shaker Heights trial attorney Edward Cochran on Monday for $700,000. The 11-room house has four bedrooms, four full baths and one half-bath.
KSU pays a total of $65,000 a year toward the mortgage, taxes, utilities and maintenance and also provides housecleaning services before and after public events and three times a week, according to Lefton’s contract.
Miami University President David Hodge.
Home: On High Street, Oxford
History: Miami began to use the plantation-style home rent-free for its presidents in 1903 and purchased it in 1929 for $25,000. It has updated the home over the years, including when Hodge and his wife, Valerie, came to campus in 2007.
Three-car garage, catering facilities, artwork furnished by the Miami Art Museum.
Northeast Ohio Medical University President Jay Gershen.
Home: On Wessington Drive, Hudson.
History: NEOMED, formerly NEOUCOM, never has had a president’s house. Gershen bought the Hudson property for $630,000 when he became president in 2009. He receives a $65,000 annual housing allowance.
The stucco colonial, built in 1998, has four bedrooms and three full baths.
Shawnee State President Rita Rice Morris.
Home: On Camelot Drive, Portsmouth.
Shawnee State purchased its first presidential home in 2001 for $412,000. Two stories, four bedrooms, three full baths and one half-bath.
Ohio State President Gordon Gee.
Home: On North Drexel Avenue, Bexley.
History: The 14-room home was built in 1900 and was acquired by the OSU Foundation in 2000 by trading it for a former OSU president’s house in Bexley. OSU spent $1.3 million for updates in 2000 and another $2 million in remodeling, artwork and more when Gee rejoined the university in 2007.
Four bedrooms, three baths, one half-bath, 1.3 acres, pool, carriage house, catering kitchen, tennis court.
Ohio University President Roderick McDavis.
Home: On Park Place, Athens.
History: The home was built in 1899 for a wealthy coal mine owner; OU purchased it for $60,000 in 1951. Trustees are considering finding another home for McDavis and his wife, Deborah.
Brick, seven-bedroom home with four full baths, two half-baths and caretaker’s cottage.
University of Akron President Luis Proenza.
Home: On Burning Tree Drive, Akron.
History: UA bought the 15-room brick colonial for $850,000 in 1998 for Proenza and his wife, Theresa. Trustees said proceeds from the sales of two previous president’s homes funded the purchase. Four bedrooms, five full baths and one half-bath, four fireplaces on 1.5 acres near Portage Country Club. Has 7,600 square feet of living space, plus a 1,120-square-foot finished lower-level recreation room.
University of Cincinnati
Home: Edgecliff Point Tower, Edgecliff Road, Cincinnati
History: UC benefactors Buck and Patti Niehoff gave a condo, offering panoramic views of the Ohio River and city, to UC in 2008. Valued then at $2.8 million. President Gregory Williams resigned in August and was allowed to live there until January.
University of Toledo President Lloyd Jacobs.
UT and its foundation are spending $250,000 to update a brick, three-story home with 6,000 square feet for Jacobs and his wife, Elaine.
Wright State President David Hopkins.
Home: On Ashbury Park Place, Dayton.
History: Wright State used about $200,000 in public and private funds to build the president’s on-campus home in 1969. It was converted into an alumni center last year, and Hopkins moved to the private, two-story home on Ashbury Park that he bought for $600,000 in 2012 with his wife, Angelia. He now receives a $50,000 annual living allowance.
Youngstown State President Cynthia Anderson.
Home: On Wick Avenue, Youngstown.
History: The home was built in 1893 and given to the university in 1950. It was a classroom building, dorm and inn before YSU spent $4.5 million to remodel it into the president’s home in 2011. Anderson does not live in the home and will retire in July. She does not receive a stipend to live in her personal residence. The next president will be required to live in the YSU-owned house. Its first floor is for entertaining; second floor, the president’s personal living quarters; third floor, storage.
— Compiled by Carol Biliczky from
university sources, public records