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Mr. Zerbey was appointed to the UT Board of Trustees in 2009. He is Vice Chairman of the Board, Chair of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee and a member of the Finance and Audit Committee.
Zerbey is currently the President and General Manager for The Blade, having joined the organization in July of 2004. 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 and one-half 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, Pennsylvania Newspaper Association and the Northwest Publishers Association. Zerbey also serves as Chairman of the Board of the Ohio Coalition for Open Government.
His civic activities include Chairman of the Executive Board, Lucas County Improvement Corporation (LCIC);Chairman, 1812 Bicentennial Commission, State of Ohio; President of the Board of the Toledo Club; Member of the Business Engagement and Leadership Council, College of Business Administration, University of Toledo; Vice Chair Toledo Zoo Foundation; Member of the Toledo Symphony Board (Finance Committee); Member of the Board, Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce; Member Board of Trustees, Jamie Farr LGPA Classic Tournament; Received the Silver Beaver Award from the BSA for outstanding service to youth; James E. West Fellow, Boy Scouts of America; Paul Harris Fellow – Rotary International - Rotary Club of Toledo. He holds a 32nd Degree in Free Masonry, Zenobia Shrine, and Frederick-Franklin Lodge #14 and has served as Chair, President, Board member and Campaign Chair of many charitable, non-profit organizations including The United Way, Boy Scouts of America, economic development foundations, Rotary, symphonies, Chambers of Commerce, etc.
He and his wife, Barbara, have a son, a daughter and five grandchildren.