Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, The Ohio State University and Wexner Medical Center
President, Ohio State Health, Inc.
President, Ohio State Health Network
Appointed in 2018, Gail Marsh serves as the vice president and chief strategy officer for The Ohio State University. In this role, she leads major strategic initiatives, strategic planning and implementation and a comprehensive Strategy Management Office for one of the largest, nationally recognized public research universities.
Gail brings more than three decades of experience as a Buckeye. She has served as senior associate vice president in the Office of Health Sciences and as chief strategy officer for Ohio State Wexner Medical Center. Her efforts have taken the medical center from a $700-million organization to a $3.4-billion enterprise, adding significant central Ohio job growth (10,000+) and economic impact. She serves as president of several affiliated entities that build healthcare relationships and serve to improve the health of populations across Ohio and the Midwest.
Gail brings a strategic, operational and financial skill set to her work, with balanced attention to strategic growth and return on investment all while advancing the critical missions of research and education. She teaches strategy development at the graduate level in the Fisher College of Business, and most recently led the development of a seven-year strategic plan with the board and university leadership that positions the healthcare enterprise for future growth and impact.
Gail graduated from The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in Health Information Management and a master’s degree in Healthcare Business Administration. After an internship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and a fellowship at the UCLA Health System, she joined the Wexner Medical Center. Following 18 years in hospital operations, she moved to the medical center corporate level, overseeing strategy, outreach and business development across all three mission areas, as well as in the Health System, The James/Comprehensive Cancer Center, College of Medicine and OSU Physician enterprise.
During her tenure, she has spearheaded the growth of these entities and helped develop the Biomedical Research Tower, Heart and Lung Research Institute, Ross Heart Hospital, Brain and Spine Hospital, along with outpatient development in Upper Arlington and Gahanna, neighborhood health clinics and the Ohio State Sports Medicine Institute. She has grown the network of regional hospital partnerships to 40+ hospitals and 30 telehealth partners.
Gail is widely recognized for identifying talent and advancing the careers of many individuals. She founded the Women’s Leadership Connection at the Wexner Medical Center, which aligns professional growth opportunities with the values of the university. She was instrumental in the development of the Spirit of Women Park on the Ohio State campus, and she is involved in the Fisher College of Business MBA mentor program. In 2017 she was recognized as an Ohio State Glassbreaker and received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Public Health. In 2014, she joined a bipartisan congressional women’s fly-in to the White House to discuss issues impacting women and minorities. In 2012, she was named a YWCA Woman of Achievement for her work in eliminating racism and empowering women. Later that same year she was named one of Ohio’s Most Powerful and Influential Women by the National Diversity Council.
Gail works with the YWCA on the Women at the Table (WATT) initiative to increase the number of women serving on corporate boards, and is an active corporate member of Women for Economic and Leadership Development (WELD). Gail’s memberships have included The United Way Women’s Leadership Council and Flying Horse Farms Magic Makers. She has devoted time to serve on numerous boards, including the board of governors for MedFlight of Ohio, The Ohio State Health Network Board and MedCare Medical. Since 2003, she has been a member of Columbus Rotary and joined the BioMedical Steering Board of TechColumbus/Rev1 as well as the Governor’s Choose Ohio initiative. In 2018, she was appointed to the OSU Foundation Board.