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Published 10/23/2003
Marathon Ashland Petroleum Leader Named to Owens Foundation Board of Directors

Owens State Community College Foundation has named J. Michael Wilder, General Counsel and Secretary of Marathon Ashland Petroleum LLC, to serve on its Board of Directors. The Foundation Board of Directors approved the new appointment during their annual meeting.

“We are very honored that an individual with Mr. Wilder’s extensive knowledge and experience is joining Owens’ Foundation Board of Directors,” said Gary Dettling, Owens Foundation President and Chief Executive Officer. “Mr. Wilder is an outstanding leader. His dedication to higher education will positively impact the Foundation and its focus of making a difference in students’ lives.”

Wilder is the newest member of the Foundation Board of Directors, which is comprised of 21 community leaders.

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 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. Over $86,000 in Foundation scholarships and program support was awarded to 116 Owens students exemplifying academic excellence and leadership during the 2003-04 academic year.

The Foundation Board of Directors also serves as College ambassadors, manages the Foundation’s investments and awards scholarships. Owens Foundation was incorporated in April 2002 and has over $1.3 million in assets.

“The selection to Owens Community College’s Foundation Board of Directors is a privilege,” Wilder said. “This appointment gives me an opportunity to promote the importance of higher education and further the Foundation’s initiatives.”

Wilder has served as General Counsel and Secretary for Marathon Ashland Petroleum LLC since November 1997. In his current position, he is responsible for the company's legal functions.

Based in Findlay, Marathon Ashland Petroleum LLC (MAP) is the nation’s sixth largest refiner with 935,000 barrels-per-day capacity in its seven-refinery system. MAP’s retail marketing system comprises approximately 6,000 locations in 21 states, more than half of which are brand locations. The company serves the Midwest and Southeast as a wholesale marketer with 86 light product and asphalt terminals and access, through lease or ownership interest, to about 8,000 miles of pipeline. MAP is a limited liability company owned 62 percent by Marathon Oil Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marathon Oil Corporation and 38 percent by Ashland Inc.

Wilder began working for Ashland Petroleum Company in 1978 as a staff attorney. He worked in a number of areas including real estate and marketing. In 1984, he was promoted to senior attorney. Two years later, Wilder was transferred to Valvoline Oil Company in Lexington, Kentucky, where he worked on general commercial matters and served as counsel for Valvoline Instant Oil Change.

In 1988, he was named vice president and general counsel for Ashland’s SuperAmerica Group in Lexington, Kentucky. At SuperAmerica, Wilder was responsible for a number of functions in addition to law, including health, environmental and safety, design and construction and real estate. In 1995, he was named regional vice president for store operations for SuperAmerica’s Northwest Region in Milwaukee. The following year Wilder was appointed to lead a major reengineering effort for SuperAmerica’s store operations. With the announcement of the formation of the Marathon Ashland Petroleum joint venture, he actively participated in the retail transition team until being appointed to his current position.

His professional and community involvement includes serving as the Secretary-Treasurer for The Findlay/Hancock County Bar Association and Chairman of the Exploring/Venturing District Committee for the local council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Wilder received his law degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky. He attended the Ashland Oil Inc. Executive Development Program at Indiana University in 1990 and the Program for Management Development at Harvard University in 1995. Wilder resides in Findlay with his wife, Nancy.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Northwest Ohio with 26 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 40,000 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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