Executive appointments this week include Capital, Highlights for Children, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Basement Doctor and more.

Capital University announces leadership changes

Capital University recently named David Kaufman as interim president and elected Andre Porter as chairman of the university’s Board of Trustees. Kaufman is the immediate past CEO of Encova Insurance. He started his career as an actuary with Connecticut General and then as a financial analyst with Capital Holding Corp. Porter, vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for the Midcontinent Independent System Operator, is concluding his third term as a trustee and is the first African-American to serve as board of trustees chairman.

Additionally, Capital has appointed Reynaldo Anaya Valencia as dean of the law school. Valencia has practiced, taught, written and lectured nationally and internationally on corporate law, corporate bankruptcy and race and gender issues. He comes to Capital from the University of North Texas College of Law, where he served as associate dean for finance and administration and as a professor of law.

Betsy Bankhurst, daughter of Basement Doctor founder Ron Greenbaum, has been promoted to president and will oversee the company portfolio, including The Basement Doctor, Nash Distribution and My DIY Center. She initially worked for the company at age 16. After graduating from Ohio State University in 2010, she worked as a project manager for Victoria’s Secret and as an account manager for CTV Media before returning to J&D Home Improvement and The Basement Doctor, where she has been spearheading brand development, executing strategy and tracking financials.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital has named Luke Brown as senior vice president and chief financial officer. Brown joined Nationwide Children’s in 1997 as director of finance and served as vice president and controller from 2000 to 2019. Before joining the hospital, Brown held finance-related positions throughout Columbus, including at Borden Inc., the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation and Ernst & Young.

New Albany-based Marburn Academy has appointed Eldrich Carr lll as its new head of school. Carr joins Marburn as the fifth head of school in its 38-year history. Marburn Academy is a nonprofit, independent day school that serves the educational needs of students with learning differences. Formerly the principal at the Springer School and Center in Cincinnati, Carr received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Boston University and a master’s degree in private school leadership from Columbia University.

Lece Lohr has been named president of Highlights for Children's consumer business. In her new role, Lohr will lead the company in advancing its customer focus and positioning the business and its diverse product lines under one consumer brand. Lohr brings 40-plus years of retail experience to Highlights, most recently as president of tween apparel retailer Justice for Girls, where she developed products and identified new markets.