Board of Trustees

Joseph H. Zerbey, IV (2018)

zerbey 2012Joseph H. Zerbey, IV was appointed to the UT Board of Trustees by Governor Ted Strickland in 2009. He was board chair from July 2013 to July 2015.  He currently serves as Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee and as a member of the Trusteeship and Governance Committee. 

Zerbey is the former president and general manager for The Blade, having joined the organization in July of 2004. He was also Vice President of Newspaper Operations for Block Communications, Inc., which included the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.  Zerbey retired on August 31, 2016.  He current serves as a consultant for block Communications, Inc.

He is an experienced newspaper veteran who spent 18 years with Media News Group where he served as president and CEO of the Newspaper Agency Corporation (Media One Corporation), which publishes the Salt Lake Tribune & Deseret Morning News. He was also president and CEO of the York Newspaper Company (York, PA) from 1994 until his promotion to Salt Lake City. Zerbey started his newspaper career at the Bristol (CT) Press in advertising sales and remained there for 25 years, the last eight of which he was its publisher.

Zerbey is the fourth generation of a newspaper family from Pottsville, PA where his great-grandfather founded the Daily Evening Republican in 1884. Zerbey is a 1965 graduate of Syracuse University and served for three years in the United States Army, 1966-69, separating from active duty with the rank of Captain.

He is a former member of the executive committee of the Ohio Newspaper Association Board of Trustees and the Board of Governors of the New England Newspaper Association, and Pennsylvania Newspaper Association.

Zerbey's civic activities include past chairman of the Executive Board, Lucas County Economic Development Corporation (LCEDC) and current member of the Executive Committee of the Board of The National Museum of the Great Lakes.  He received the State of Ohio Distinguished Service Medal from Governor John Kasich presented by Major General Mark Bartman, the Adjutant General of Ohio.  Zerbey is the former chairman, 1812 Bicentennial Commission, State of Ohio, past president of the Board of The Toledo Club, former chairman of the Toledo Zoo Foundation, former member of the Toledo Symphony Board (Finance Committee), and former member Board of Trustees, Marathon LPGA Classic Tournament. He is recipient of the Executive Order of the Ohio Commodore, Ohio's highest civilian honor, given by Governor John Kasich in 2013, and received the Silver Beaver Award from the Boy Scouts of America for outstanding service to youth.  He is a James E. West Fellow, Boy Scouts of America, and a Paul Harris Fellow – Rotary International - Rotary Club of Toledo.  He holds a 32nd Degree in Free Masonry, and he has served as chair, president, board member and campaign chair of many charitable, non-profit organizations.

Zerbey resides in Ottawa Hills, Ohio.  He and his wife, Barbara, have a son, a daughter and five grandchildren.

Last Updated: 7/17/17