Thomas Chema The Gateway Group, Board Member

Thomas Chema is an American academic administrator and lawyer. He is the current Chairman of the Gateway Economic Development Corporation, and previously served as their Executive Director. In this role, Mr. Chema was responsible for overseeing the public/private partnership that led to the financing and construction of Progressive Field and Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

Mr. Chema was named the 21st President of Hiram College in 2003 after having served as a voting member of the Hiram College Board of Trustees for 11 years. Prior to becoming president of Hiram, he spent more than 30 years in business, government, and law.

Mr. Chema also served as Executive Director of the Ohio Lottery Commission and Chairman of the Ohio Public Utilities Commission. He is recognized as an expert on energy and telecommunications economics and regulation, infrastructure planning, and developing public/private partnerships. He has published numerous articles on these topics and frequently lectures throughout the country, including assignments at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.