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Transition Leadership Consulting

 Interim Executive Leadership  |  Strategic Planning |   Start-Ups and Mergers

Having experienced and managed many executive, senior staff, and other organizational transitions in institutions both large and small, Terri Gehr established Gehr LLC to provide transition leadership services to non-profit and public sector boards of directors and executive leaders in growing, evolving and/or challenging environments. 


Focused on helping organizations set up for continued success, Gehr LLC provides consulting services for interim executive leadership, mergers, and start-ups.  

In cases where there is a gap between an outgoing and incoming executive leader, an independent, experienced interim chief executive offers an organization the ability to:

  • Continue operations with a steady presence in a leadership role

  • Avoid the rush to hire a new executive

  • View the work through the lens of a fresh and objective perspective, and

  • Identify opportunities that can strengthen and position their business and its new leader for success. 

Start-up and merger situations can also benefit from interim executive capacity to situate a new opportunity within an organization or partnership, laying groundwork that informs future leadership needs.

The tenure of an interim chief executive varies depending on an organization's circumstances. An executive search process may require a 6-8 month interim executive tenure, while a more significant period may be necessary if an organization needs essential retooling before it can successfully attract a permanent executive.


Terri's other services include transition planning, strategy development and alignment, and  executive recruitment, on-boarding and coaching.

Gehr LLC is based in Columbus, Ohio.

Terri Gehr

Founder and Principal


Prior to launching Gehr LLC, Terri held leadership roles in higher education, including 14 years as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer at Columbus State Community College, and in K-12 education as Executive Director of Development and Communications at Columbus City Schools. 


Terri also held leadership roles in state government at the Ohio Office of Budget and Management and in the Ohio Attorney General's Office; on a statewide gubernatorial campaign as Finance Director; and at the Wexner Center for the Arts as Director of Development.   


Terri's experience includes public finance, complex organizational change, human resources, development, governance, public policy, government relations, strategic partnerships, communications, real estate transactions, facility development and operations, neighborhood development, and public safety.

On multiple occasions, Terri held interim executive leadership roles including as interim Human Resources Director for the Ohio Attorney General's office, interim Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Columbus State Community College, and as executive liaison to the board of trustees in a transition between college presidents. Click here to learn about her recent interim and other executive roles.

Terri served as Deputy Treasurer of the Columbus State Development Foundation, as a board member of the YWCA of Columbus, and was a founding board member and treasurer of the RiverSouth Authority, a financing agency for downtown Columbus development projects. She also served as a founding board member for the Discovery District Special Improvement District.


Terri earned her Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration from Miami University, and her Master of Arts in Political Science from the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University.

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