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Published 4/16/2004
Marathon Ashland Petroleum President
To Speak at Owens’ Spring Commencement, May 13

Gary R. Heminger Gary R. Heminger, President of Marathon Ashland Petroleum LLC, will serve as the distinguished keynote speaker at Owens Community College’s 38th annual Spring Commencement on Thursday, May 13. The commencement will be at 7 p.m. in the Student Health and Activities Center on the College’s Toledo-area Campus, located on Oregon Road.

“Owens Community College is extremely honored to have Mr. Heminger take time out of his schedule to celebrate the academic achievements of our graduates,” said Gary Dettling, Owens Vice President of College Advancement. “Mr. Heminger is an accomplished leader, both within the national business community and in higher education. His insightful message will serve as an inspiration to the College’s graduating class as they become tomorrow’s educators, scientists, health care professionals, technologists, musicians, skilled laborers and business leaders.”

Based in Findlay, Marathon Ashland Petroleum LLC (MAP) ranks as the sixth-largest petroleum refiner in the United States and is a consistent leader in the downstream industry within several performance measures, including refinery yields, operating efficiencies and adjusted operating-income per barrel of crude oil throughput. A highly efficient, cost-effective and competitive company, MAP commands approximately $8 billion in assets.

Heminger’s 29 years with Marathon includes experience in a variety of groups and functions. In addition to five years in various financial and administrative roles, he spent three years in London, England, as audit supervisor of the Brae Project. He worked eight years with Emro Marketing in several marketing and commercial roles and was named Vice President of the subsidiary’s Western Division in 1991. From 1995 to 1996 Heminger served as President of Marathon Pipe Line Company; he assumed the position of Manager for Business Development & Joint Interest of Marathon Oil Company in November 1996.

He was named Vice President of Business Development for Marathon Ashland Petroleum LLC (MAP) upon its formation on January 1, 1998 and was named Senior Vice President of Business Development, one year later. In January 2001, Heminger was named Executive Vice President of Supply, Transportation and Marketing. He assumed his current responsibilities as MAP President on September 1, 2001.

A graduate of the Wharton Executive Management Program, Heminger is chairman of the American Petroleum Institute (API) Downstream Committee and chairman of the Board of Trustees for Tiffin University. In addition, he is a board member of Fifth Third Bank of Northwestern Ohio.

A native of Tiffin, Ohio, Heminger earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Tiffin University in 1976 while already employed by Marathon Oil Company in Findlay. He earned an MBA from the University of Dayton in 1982. He and his wife, Jane, reside in Findlay and have two children.

More than 5,000 family, friends and relatives are expected to attend the Spring Commencement and see over 600 Owens graduates receive their associate degrees and certificates. The commencement ceremonies are open to the public.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Ohio with 27 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay- area campuses, Owens serves more than 44,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for Northwest Ohio 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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