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Published 3/04/03
Wood County Commissioner and Owens Corning VP Named to Owens Foundation Board of Directors

Owens Community College has named James F. Carter, Commissioner for Wood County, and John W. Christy, Vice President Transactions for Owens Corning, to serve on the Board of Directors for Owens State Community College Foundation Inc. The College's Foundation Board of Directors approved the new appointments during the recent quarterly meeting.

"We are extremely honored that two of Northwest Ohio's most well respected leaders within the government and business communities are joining Owens' Foundation Board of Directors," said Gary Dettling, Owens Vice President of College Advancement and the Foundation's President and Chief Executive Officer. "Both individuals bring a wealth of experience, knowledge and dedication to the educational setting, which will positively impact the Foundation's overall ability to provide students and area residents with enhanced opportunities for lifelong learning."

Carter and Christy are among 19 leaders within the government, business and industry communities comprising the Foundation's Board of Directors.

The mission of the Foundation and its Board of Directors is cultivating gift initiatives, targeting successful alumni, business and industry members who are committed to investing and supporting the educational needs of current and future Owens students. The Foundation's focus allows Owens to continue offering affordable tuition, ensuring the College's academic position as the best investment in Northwest Ohio.

In addition, responsibilities of the Foundation Board of Directors include representing Owens as ambassadors within the Northwest Ohio community. They also oversee the management of the Foundation's investments and decide how those assets are distributed.

James F. Carter Carter has served as Wood County's Commissioner since July 1995. A long-standing career dedicated to public service, he additionally has held several civic positions, which include election to the Grand Rapids City Council and the Wood County Board of Education. He also served as mayor of Grand Rapids for 16 years and currently is president of the Board of Wood County Commissioners.

Prior to his position as Commissioner, Carter previously worked for the Toledo Edison Company for 32 years. Among his responsibilities were managing the power systems department encompassing a 2,500 square mile service area.

Actively involved in numerous community and governmental organizations, Carter is a member of the Grand Rapids American Legion Post 232, the Grand Rapids Township Fire Department and the Wood County Hospital Board of Trustees.

His accomplishments include receiving the 1993 Spirit of Wood County Award within the Self Government category and induction into the American Legion Buckeye Boys State Hall of Fame in 2000. He also served as Chairman of Toledo Metropolitan Council of Governments in 1999.

A resident of Grand Rapids, Carter attended the University of Toledo College of Engineering and is a graduate of the University of Michigan's manager of managers training course program.

John W. Christy Christy has been with Owens Corning since 1996 and currently serves as Vice President Transactions. He is responsible for organizing and supervising all legal aspects of the company's global joint ventures, acquisition, divestiture and significant contract programs.

Founded in 1938, Owens Corning has a long-standing tradition as the world leader in building materials systems and composite systems. In 2001, the company had sales of $4.8 billion. Owens Corning has approximately 19,000 employees and more than 300 facilities in 30 countries.

Christy previously practiced law for 13 years with Ungaretti and Harris in Chicago where he engaged in a commercial, corporate and securities practice.

He received his law degree from Northwestern University Law School and earned a bachelor's degree in history from Dartmouth College. Christy resides in Toledo.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Northwest Ohio with 24 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 38,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for new college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor 's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.


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