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Published 4/24/03
KeyBank President to Address Owens Graduates
During Spring Commencement, May 15

James A. Hoffman James A. Hoffman, President of KeyBank’s Northwest Ohio District, will serve as the keynote speaker at Owens Community College’s 37th annual Spring Commencement on Thursday, May 15. The commencement will be at 7 p.m. in the Student Health and Activities Center on the College’s Toledo-area Campus, Oregon Road.

"Owens Community College is honored to have such a well-respected and distinguished leader within Northwest Ohio’s business community address our students, families, staff and faculty on this memorable occasion," said Gary Dettling, Owens Vice President of College Advancement. "Mr. Hoffman will offer the graduating class a unique perspective on the importance of a college education and how building on previous success will enable each person to realize their career aspirations."

Hoffman has been President of KeyBank’s Northwest Ohio District since June 1992 where he oversees the company’s Retail, Corporate, Trust and Private Banking Groups throughout Northwest Ohio.

KeyBank is a subsidiary KeyCorp, which is headquartered in Cleveland. A Fortune 500 company, KeyCorp is recognized as one of the nation’s largest bank-based financial services organizations with assets of approximately $86 billion. In Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan, Key has over 60 branches and investment offices through its McDonald Financial Group. Among the many services offered by Key companies include providing investment management, retail and commercial banking, retirement, consumer finance and investment banking products to individuals and businesses nationwide.

Hoffman, who joined the former Toledo Trust Company in 1972 as a commercial loan officer, has extensive experience in retail and commercial banking. Prior to his appointment as President of KeyBank, the Fremont native served as president and CEO of the Northwest Ohio Bank of Wood County. He also has held positions as president of Trustcorp of Indiana, executive vice president of Trustcorp Inc. and chairman, president and CEO for Society Bank and Trust.

Actively involved in numerous community organizations, Hoffman currently is president of the Toledo Museum of Art and chairman of The Catholic Foundation of the Diocese of Toledo and the Toledo Area White Paper Committee. He also is vice chairman of COSI/Ohio, the Stranahan Theater and the Toledo Area Chamber of Commerce, and holds board-level membership with COSI/Toledo, the Greater Toledo Urban League, the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center and the Toledo Symphony.

A resident of Holland, Hoffman earned both his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in business administration from the University of Toledo.

More than 4,000 family, friends and relatives are expected to attend the Spring Commencement and see over 525 Owens graduates receive an associate degree. The commencement ceremonies are open to the public.

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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