Elected: 2017, 2021
Current Term Ends: 2024
Committees: Academic & Student Affairs (co-chair), Philanthropy & Engagement

When you ask Jack Dembow why he wants to serve on the Ithaca College Board of Trustees, he gets right to the heart of it.

"Ithaca College matters to me," Jack says. "Helping to 'future proof' the college will assure others will have the same experience I did — but for many, many years to come."

Jack graduated from IC in 1977 with a bachelor's in health services administration. Following his graduation, he went on to earn a master of arts in health care administration from George Washington University. He knew early on that he wanted to go into hospital administration, and his experience at IC solidified his choice.

"The IC program required an internship, and I did mine at the 1,100-bed Bronx Municipal Hospital Center," Jack recalls. "I was the evening administrator, and that level of responsibility and the excitement that went with it, reinforced that this was the right career for me."

Jack's career in health care administration spanned 24 years. He served as vice president and CEO of the Philadelphia Psychiatric Center (now called Belmont Behavioral Health), a private psychiatric hospital owned by the Einstein Healthcare Network. Under Jack's leadership, the facility grew to become the region's largest system of mental health and chemical dependency services.

Jack retired in 2002 . . . for the first time. The second time came in 2011, after Jack served for six years as CEO of Jewish Family and Children's Service of Greater Philadelphia.

Jack remains committed to Ithaca College. In 2003, he established the Jack H. Dembow '77 Scholarship for health care administration students, and he provides continuing support for LGBTQ programming. He's hosted new student welcome receptions and has spoken at regional events.

Outside of his service to IC, Jack sits on the boards of Musicopia and Dancing Classrooms, an organization that delivers arts programming to students whose schools have eliminated such curriculum.

Jack lives in Washington DC, with his husband, Mark, and their two golden retrievers, Honey and Rolex.

Things Happen for a Reason

In 1973, I was caught sneaking a friend into the Towers Dining Hall. In order to regain my dining privileges, I was assigned to mop the floors of the pottery studio late each night for several weeks. Today, I'm an accomplished potter and I maintain a complete pottery studio in my home.