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Published 10/21/2004

Owens Community College Foundation Appoints Board of Directors to Leadership Positions

Owens Community College has named Rasesh H. Shah, President of The Andersons Rail Group, to serve as the new Chairman for the Owens Community College Foundation. Shah replaces Paul Meinerding, Senior Vice President District Team Leader for KeyBank, who served as Foundation Chairman since 2002.

In addition, the College's Foundation Board of Directors approved J. Michael Wilder, General Counsel and Secretary for Marathon Ashland Petroleum LLC (Vice Chairman); Arthur H. Smith, Retired Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for Libbey Inc. (Secretary), and John H. McDermott, Account Executive for The Hylant Group (Treasurer) to leadership positions.

Four Board of Directors were elected to their positions during the annual meeting and will serve three-year terms. Newly elected Board of Directors include James W. Baehren, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for Owens-Illinois Inc.; Randi S. Bellner, Executive and Senior Vice President for National City Bank; James M. Murray, Regional President for Toledo Edison, and Arthur H. Smith.

"The Owens Community College Foundation has assembled an outstanding group of leaders who value the importance of a quality college education and the many benefits of lifelong learning," said Gary Dettling, Owens Foundation President and Chief Executive Officer. "Each officer brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and dedication to their position and will play a significant role in the Foundation enhancing programs and services for current and future students."

Dettling added, "Our number one goal and priority is supporting Owens students in their pursuit of academic excellence."

The Owens Community College Foundation was incorporated in April 2002 and has over $1.3 million in assets. The Foundation Board of Directors currently is comprised of 19 community leaders from Lucas, Wood and Hancock counties.

The mission of the Owens 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 Community College 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. The Owens Community College Foundation awarded over $427,000 in scholarships and program support this past year.

Rasesh H. Shah (Foundation Chairman) has served as President of The Andersons Rail Group since 1996. He joined The Andersons Rail Group in 1978. Shah previously was a Design Engineer for Sargent and Lundy Engineers in Chicago. His community involvement includes serving as a Trustee for the St. Charles Mercy Health Foundation Board and Hindu Temple of Toledo Board. Shah also is a past President of the India Association of Toledo and past Chairman for the Toledo Edison Consumer Advisory Panel. He received his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, master's degree in industrial engineering and an MBA all from the University of Toledo. Shah is a resident of Holland.


J. Michael Wilder (Foundation Vice Chairman) is General Counsel and Secretary of Marathon Ashland Petroleum LLC. In this position he is responsible for the company's legal functions. Wilder joined Ashland Petroleum Company in 1978 as a Staff Attorney and was later promoted to Senior Attorney. 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 resides in Findlay.


Arthur H. Smith (Foundation Secretary) recently retired as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Libbey Inc. Prior to joining Libbey Inc. in 1993, he held various positions within the legal department of Owens-Illinois Inc. for the past 25 years. Smith's community activities include service as a Trustee of the Philosopher's Information Center and an Alumni Council member for Colby College. In addition, he previously served as a board of education member for Maumee City Schools and Penta Career Center. A resident of Maumee, Smith received his law degree from the University of Chicago Law School and is a graduate of Colby College, earning his bachelor's degree in history, government and economics.


John H. McDermott (Foundation Treasurer) is an Account Executive with The Hylant Group. He previously served as an Executive Vice President and Senior Manager with Fifth Third Bank and was a CPA with Ernst and Young LLP. McDermott's community involvement includes serving as past President and Treasurer for the Ronald McDonald House of Northwestern Ohio. He also is Treasurer of the Toledo Country Club and Northwest Ohio Foodbank. A resident of Whitehouse, McDermott earned his bachelor's degree in business and accounting from Bowling Green State University.



Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Ohio with 29 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 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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