Trustees: Newark Board Members
OHIO STATE BOARD APPOINTS 11 TRUSTEES TO NEWARK CAMPUS COLUMBUS -- The Ohio State University Board of Trustees Wednesday (8/31) appointed 11 people to serve as the first board of trustees of The Ohio State University at Newark. The Newark board, established on April 8, replaces the Citizens Council, and includes nine Newark area residents, one student and one university-wide trustee. All appointments were made retroactive to July 1. "These individuals are leaders in their communities and have outstanding records of service to the university," said President E. Gordon Gee. "They will provide a superb beginning for the new board." "I am delighted by the appointment of the new board for The Ohio State University at Newark," said Raphael L. Cortada, dean and director. "This brings the partnership with the Central Ohio Technical College at the Newark Campus to a new plateau. The persons selected are all community leaders who have long supported higher education and this campus." The board will assume the roles of the Citizens Council members in developing support for the campus within the community and will serve as an advocate for the needs of the campus in local and state government agencies and in the Legislature. The trustees will be responsible for advising and assisting the dean and director in administering the campus. Members are expected to participate in strategic planning and the operating and capital budgets processes, and coordinate with the board of the Central Ohio Technical College in areas of common interest. Trustees will serve without pay, but may be reimbursed for expenses. The terms of the initial board vary. Future appointees will be named to complete three-year terms. Appointed to three-year terms were: =FE Susan Hatcher, of Heath, assistant superintendent of Newark City School District. Hatcher serves on several community committees. =FE J. Gilbert Reese, of Newark, partner in the law firm of Reese, Pyle, Drake & Meyer. Reese has been a member of the Citizens Council since its inception and was general chairman of the fund drive for the Newark campus. He is a trustee emeritus of the board of the Central Ohio Technical College and president of the Thomas J. Evans Foundation. =FE Norman R. Sleight, of Newark, a part-time development officer for the Newark Campus. Sleight is a retired regional vice president of State Farm Insurance Cos. He is a former chairman of the Citizens Council and treasurer of the Newark Campus Development Fund Board. Sleight is active in many community organizations. Appointed to two-year terms were: =FE Eugene Branstool, a family farmer from Utica. Branstool, a former assistant secretary of agriculture under President Clinton, served eight years each in the Ohio Senate and the House of Representatives. =FE Stuart N. Parsons, senior vice president and trust officer of Park National Bank. Parsons has been serving as secretary of the Citizens Council. The Newark resident is active in many community and professional activities. =FE Charles F. Sinsabaugh, a retired family physician from Newark. Sinsabaugh is a former chairman of the Citizens Council who is active in the alumni association and the President's Club. He was a member of the board of governors of The Ohio State University Medical Alumni Association for many years, the Newark Campus Development Fund Investment Advisory Committee and the Newark Campus Securing the Future Steering Committee. Named to one-year terms were: =FE Robert A. Barnes of Newark, president of United Carriers Corp., the parent organization of four motor carriers serving the 48 contiguous states, and president of Freight Service Inc., a transportation equipment leasing company. Barnes was the first full-time dean/director of The Ohio State University at Newark. =FE Patsy P. Jones, of Newark, is chairperson of the Citizens Council and a member of many community committees. She recently served on the Newark Campus Dean/Director/President Search Committee. =FE Earl Shurtz, of Newark, chairman of the board of Shurtz Companies. Shurtz, who has been active in the real estate field, has been serving as the alumni representative from the Citizens Council. He is a member of the Newark Campus Development Fund Board. Also appointed to the board were: =FE James H. Boggs, a sophomore from Reynoldsburg majoring in English education at The Ohio State University at Newark. Boggs has been active in the Newark campus honors program. He is a graduate of Grace Brethren Theological Practicum and has worked many years as a milling machine operator. =FE George A. Skestos, a member of The Ohio State University Board of Trustees, was named to a three-year term. Skestos of Columbus is the founder of the Homewood Corp., a multifaceted building firm which has constructed more than 10,000 multi-family units and some 12,000 single family homes. He has degrees in law, business, and arts and sciences from the University of Michigan, and has taken several courses at Ohio State. Skestos also is the founder of the Prince of Peace Foundation, which assists the homeless and underprivileged; Lutheran Parish Resources of Columbus; and the Salem Lutheran Foundation, which provides scholarships to men studying to become pastors. He is a member of the Republican National Committee. In addition to the appointments, the board gave the title of "trustee emeritus" to Howard E. LeFevre, a member of the Citizens Council since its inception and a trustee emeritus of the board of Central Ohio Technical College. In 1958, LeFevre began a 36-year association with Ohio State by helping to raise $20,000 for laboratory equipment for Ohio State classes in the old Newark High School. He was a leader in the 1966 fund-raising campaign that secured the Newark campus's 155-acre home on University Drive. Today he is a member of the Newark Campus Development Fund Board. He supports 54 scholarships for Newark campus students. LeFevre received the Ralph Davenport Mershon Alumni Award in 1986. A former member of the Ohio State Alumni Association Advisory Council, LeFevre received the Distinguished Service Award in 1976. # Contact: Karen Boyd, coordinator of college relations, (614) 366-9355. [Submitted by: REIDV (email@example.com) Wed, 31 Aug 1994 15:36:34 -0500 (EST)] All documents are the responsibility of their originator.