Walter Celley grew up in Maumee and South Toledo. After high school, he began his college career as a liberal arts major at an area university.
After graduation, he felt like he didn't have a practical degree that would help him to land a job he enjoyed. He was interested in agri-business after spending time in Wood County and reading about it in college.
Celley began attending Owens full time in August 1974.
"After all these years, I still remember the names of my instructors and the classes they taught because Owens has such a personal feel," said Celley.
He was able to get a fantastic internship because of his instructor's ties to the business community. He worked for The Andersons and rotated through a variety of their divisions, including grain and fertilizers. Celley found the field fascinating and couldn't wait to begin his career.
After graduation from Owens, in 1976, he was hired full time at the international company, Cargill, Inc., as a Production Supervisor. He worked in Maumee and Toledo, supervising the quality and USDA standards of grain being loaded out by rail and ship.
After nearly nine years working for various agri-business companies, he decided to go to law school. Despite liking what he did, Celley felt he didn't have enough room to grow in his career unless he was willing to relocate frequently.
He attended The University of Toledo and graduated in 1987, fourth in his class. He then worked as a clerk for the Honorable John Potter, Judge of the United States District Court. In the years following, he has been in private practice.
Now, he is a partner in Celley & Sanderson LLP and works as the Law Director for Perrysburg, Waterville and Monclova townships. He enjoys representing the townships and a number of local credit unions.
"Owens gave me the ability to go into the business field, I still use things I learned there today when advising my business clients," said Celley.