Dr. Tony Rucci currently serves as senior advisor to the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission, established by Congress in 2016 and charged with the planning, design and execution of the nationwide events which will commemorate the 250th anniversary of the nation in 2026. He is also founding president and CEO emeritus of the America 250 Foundation, having served in that role pro bono from 2018 until 2021.
In his nearly 30-year business career, Rucci served as a senior corporate officer for three Fortune 50 companies: executive vice president and president of strategic corporate staff, Cardinal Health; chairman of the board, Sears Mexico; executive vice president and chief administrative officer, Sears Roebuck and Co.; and senior vice president of corporate strategy and business development, Baxter International; Rucci has also been on the board of directors of several companies including Sears Canada, Sears Mexico and Grupo Carso in Mexico.
In addition, he is professor emeritus and a university distinguished teaching professor from Ohio State University, having retired in late 2018. He previously served as interim CEO of Ohio State University Physicians, as well as dean of the College of Business and tenured professor at the University of Illinois, Chicago.
He has taught over 100 courses in his academic career, primarily at the graduate level, at Ohio State University, Bowling Green State University, the University of Illinois, Chicago and the University of Texas, Dallas. He has authored/co-authored over 40 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and professional conference presentations, including the Harvard Business Review, and has delivered over 100 keynote addresses at major conferences.
His community service efforts have focused on pro bono advising at the CEO/board level for a number of central Ohio organizations including LifeCare Alliance/Meal on Wheels, Children’s Hunger Alliance and Homeport affordable housing. He is currently a member of the BGSU Foundation Board, and has also served on the Chancellor’s Advisory Board at the University of Illinois, Chicago, the Ohio State University Medical Center Advisory Board and the Columbus Museum of Art.
Rucci is also co-creator/co-founder of the BRIGHT New Leaders for Ohio Schools, an innovative program in cooperation with the Ohio Legislature and the Ohio Department of Education to prepare new principals and administrators for inner city and rural school districts.
Rucci holds a bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree in industrial and organizational psychology from BGSU and has permanently endowed eight annual scholarships at the University.
He is the proud father of five children – Kelly, Heather, Joshua, Jordan and Sage – and five grandchildren.