Robert (“Rob”) currently serves as the Compliance Testing, Monitoring and Transparency Director where he implements a programmatic approach to test and monitor plans to mitigate identified compliance risks in the university. In this role Rob collaborates with leaders throughout the university to address specific compliance risks and supports colleagues in proactive compliance planning, which includes collecting, analyzing, and reporting data on trends and specific results. Additionally, Rob assists the Public Records Office and its work with Ohio’s public records laws, transparency, and privacy.
Rob first became a Buckeye in 2015 when he was hired as the university’s second Director of Public Records. In this role he advised the university community on the requirements of the public records act, processed public records requests, and solved the myriad of public records issues facing the university. Rob gained intimate and invaluable knowledge of numerous units and departments at the university from the Department of Athletics to the Wexner Medical Center, and everywhere in-between.
Before Rob became a Buckeye, he worked for the Ohio Attorney General in 2008. Rob initially served as Assistant Attorney General in the Constitutional Offices Section where he litigated a wide range of cases. In 2012, he transitioned to the Environmental Enforcement Section of the Ohio Attorney General where he was responsible for environmental compliance and prosecuting environmental infractions ranging from improper waste disposal to large-scale chemical spills. Rob’s environmental practice continued in the private sector with the law firm of Ulmer Berne, where he specialized in environmental compliance, environmental clean-up, brownfield redevelopment, wetland and natural resources assessments, and oil and gas litigation.
Rob graduated from Ohio Northern University with High Distinction, earning a degree in political science and criminal justice. He received his juris doctorate, again with High Distinction, from Ohio Northern University’s Pettit College of Law.