Tony Rucci is Clinical Professor of Management at the Fisher College of Business at Ohio State University.  He joined the faculty of the college in 2006 following a 28 year career as an executive officer with three Fortune 100 companies.  He has held a broad range of senior officer responsibilities, including extensive board of directors and governance experience, merger and acquisition responsibilities, large scale organizational transformation efforts, as well as international responsibilities. His professional roles have included: 

     -Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Cardinal Health (1999-2005)

     -Chairman of the Board, Sears Mexico (1995-1997)

     -Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Sears Roebuck and Co. (1993-1998) 

     -Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Business Development, Baxter International (1979-1993)

     -Interim CEO, Ohio State University Physicians, Inc. (2006)

Rucci has also been on the board of directors of a number of companies including: Sears Canada, Western Auto, and Grupo Carso, a conglomerate of privately held companies in Mexico. He has also been on a number of boards, including the Ohio State University Medical Center Strategic Advisory Board, the University of Illinois, Chicago Chancellor’s Advisory Board and Chair of the Healthcare sub-committee, as well as a Trustee of the Columbus Museum of Art. 

Academically, Rucci has been Dean of the College of Business and tenured professor at the University of Illinois, Chicago in 1998-1999.  He has published over twenty-five articles and book chapters, including the Harvard Business Review and Fortune magazine. He has been on the editorial board of the Journal of Applied Psychology, the Human Resource Management Journal, and the Human Resource Planning Journal, as well as an editorial book reviewer for Harvard Business School Press and Josey-Bass publishers.  He has been cited and interviewed in major media including USA Today, Fast Company, Smart Money, and the Wall Street Journal. He has taught at a number of universities, including Ohio State University, Bowling Green State University, the University of Illinois-Chicago, and the University of Texas, Dallas. He has delivered over 150 invited speeches and keynote addresses at major conferences and events during his career, including guest lectures at Emory University Medical School, the University of Michigan Ross School, the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School, MIT Sloan School, Harvard University/Palladium Group, and the Ohio State University Medical School. He holds bachelors, masters and PhD degrees in industrial and organizational psychology from Bowling Green State University.

Rucci also currently maintains an active advising practice at the board and executive leadership levels with companies and organizations, as well as a significant pro bono practice with educational and not-for-profit organizations. Noteworthy clients over the past few years have included: Home Depot, Scotts/MiracleGro, M/I Homes, Columbus City Schools, Franklin Park Conservatory, Columbus College of Art and Design, Capital University Law School, Ohio Children’s Hunger Alliance, New Leaders for Ohio Schools, and State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio.  Recent noteworthy recognitions have included: the 2013 Ohio State University Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award, the 2013 Bowling Green State University Distinguished Alumni Arts & Sciences Award, the 2008 Distinguished Career Executive Award from the National Academy of Management, and multiple teaching awards from the Fisher College of Business.

Tony is also the proud father of five children:  Kelly, Heather, Joshua, Jordan and Sage, and three grandchildren: Kathryn, Anthony and Michael.

Areas of Expertise

  • Leadership
  • Strategy Implementation and Execution
  • Team Effectiveness
  • Intangible Value Chain
  • Talent Management and Human Resources


  • PhD: Industrial/Organizational Psychology, 1978, Bowling Green State University
  •  MA: Industrial/Organizational Psychology, 1976, Bowling Green State University
  •  BS: Psychology and Mathematics, 1972, Bowling Green State University