Deborah A. Feldman appointed newest Miami University trustee member


Deborah A. Feldman

Deborah A. Feldman, president and chief executive officer of Dayton Children’s Hospital, was appointed by Gov. Mike DeWine to Miami University’s board of trustees.

Feldman (Miami ’80) joined Dayton Children’s in 2012 and led creation of a new strategic roadmap called Destination 2020. It involves a campuswide revitalization, services expansion in key areas, recruitment of highly specialized pediatric experts, and the integration of advanced technology.

Prior to joining the hospital, she served Montgomery County for 30 years, where she held successive leadership positions including director of human resources, assistant county administrator and, most recently, county administrator. She helped guide the Homeless Solutions Ten-Year Plan, a communitywide initiative to end chronic homelessness; the Out-of-School Youth Taskforce, which focused on reconnecting high school dropouts with educational opportunities; and several economic development projects.

Among a host of community leadership positions, she is a member of the Ohio Hospital Association board of trustees and chair of the Preschool Promise board and Montgomery County Family and Children’s First Council.

Her honors include the YWCA Women of Influence Award, Dayton Daily News Top Ten Women Award, Dayton Daily News 2006 Person of the Year, Dayton Business Journal’s Ten Most Influential People (2011), and National Conference of Community Justice’s Humanitarian Award. In 2018, she was recognized by the League of Women Voters as one of their Dangerous Dames.

Feldman earned a bachelor’s degree in political science at Miami, a master’s degree in public administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Wright State University.

Trustees are appointed to nine-year terms. Feldman will serve until Feb. 28, 2029.