Matt Feasel was a newlywed when he attended Owens Community
College. It was hard for him to work full time, take evening classes
and be away from his wife, Terri, and their two daughters, Lindsay
and Meredith, but he is glad he made the sacrifice.
The Elmwood High School graduate chose Owens after he tried
to enroll at a local university and found they were full. Instead he
enrolled at Owens in the fall of 1978 as a Computer Programming
major because it was a hot field and graduates could earn a
He attended school full time at first. While in school,
Feasel was hired by the Wood County Auditor's
Office. He then attended classes at night until his
graduation from Owens in 1982.
"It was a tough transition to night classes. My
daughters were young and it was hard to be away,
but my wife and I made it work," said Feasel.
After graduation, he continued to work for Wood
County and was fortunate enough to work there as the
office was computerized. Feasel helped to smooth the
transition and learned a lot about public service and
real estate taxes.
The computer programming and financial experience
he gained on the job as Deputy Auditor led him to
a different, but very successful career path. One
day a friend mentioned that the Elmwood Board
of Education was looking for a Treasurer. It was
a great opportunity to maximize his knowledge of
real estate taxes and long-range financial planning.
Feasel started the job in November 1984.
After 10 years in the Elmwood School District, he decided
to move to a larger district and accepted a job as Treasurer
in the Fremont City School District. While in that position,
he was also elected to the Elmwood Board of Education
where he served for eight years. He was also a member of
the Ohio Association of School Business Officials and held
several positions including President.
Feasel eventually moved on to an even larger school
district and was the Treasurer of Hilliard City Schools
before accepting his current position as Treasurer for
Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools. As the Treasurer
for Perrysburg Schools, he is the fiscal officer for all the
schools, which serve over 4,500 students. He is
responsible for budgets totaling nearly $47 million.
"I love this position," said Feasel. "I have been in four
different districts and this is my favorite."
Since graduation, Feasel has been able to visit Owens, the
place where his career started.
"My experience at Owens was wonderful. I enjoyed it
so much and it has been great to see Owens grow over
the years," he said.
His youngest daughter, Elizabeth, took classes at Owens
this past summer and he was able to visit the campus
again. He has also been back for a district retreat and various
meetings. These visits have given him the opportunity
to see the changes on the Toledo-area Campus and Feasel
has enjoyed watching his alma mater develop and expand.