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June 6, 2012

Contact: Lesley Fry at (419) 995-8671 or Pam Joseph at (419) 995-8284

Ohio State Lima trustees to meet; Town and Gown Award will be presented

The Ohio State University at Lima Board of Trustees will meet at 4 p.m., Thursday, June 14, 2012, in the Public Service Board Room. An agenda follows. Following the condensed Board Meeting, the Violet I. Meek Town and Gown Award will be presented at 5 p.m. at the Visitor and Student Services Center. A bio for the 2012 honoree, Dr. William D. Angel, follows the agenda.

The Ohio State University at Lima


June 14, 2012

4 p.m.

Call to Order and Attendance

Bob Young

Approval of Minutes of May 10, 2012, meeting

Bob Young

Consideration of Financial Condition

Devon Phelps

Trustee Committee Report

Ad Hoc Nominating Committee

Doug Reinhart

Faculty Assembly Report

David D. Adams

Student Trustee Report

Jessica Rone

Dean and Director’s Report

John Snyder

Old Business

New Business

Recognize Robert C. Young of Van Wert for his excellent service as the Chair of the Ohio State Lima Board of Trustees for 2011-2012 and total service from 2003-2012.

Elect Douglas Reinhart of Wapakoneta as Chair of the Ohio State Lima Board of Trustees for a term beginning on July 1, 2012, and ending on June 30, 2013.

Elect Karen Grothouse of Delphos as Vice Chair of the Ohio State Lima Board of Trustees for a term beginning on July 1, 2012, and ending on June 30, 2013.

Recognize Keith Deters of Lima for his excellent service on the Ohio State Lima Board of Trustees from 2004-2012.

Recognize David D. Adams, Associate Professor of English, for his excellent service as Faculty Representative on the Ohio State Lima Board of Trustees from 2011-2012.

Recognize Jessica Rone for her excellent service as Student Trustee on the Ohio State Lima Board of Trustees for 2011-2012.

Items presented by Trustees for consideration at a future meeting

Biography of Dr. William D. Angel, Jr.

Degrees Obtained: Bachelor of Science, Education and Master of Arts, Political Science, The Ohio State University and Ph.D., Government, University of Texas

Dr. William (Bill) Angel has ably represented the highest ideals of scholarship, teaching and community since coming to Ohio State Lima in 1978 to teach in the Department of Political Science. From the beginning, Dr. Angel brought a fervent passion for Ohio State’s land grant mission to the classroom and to his adopted hometown of Lima. He made the land grant mission of being engaged in communities his own.

In the classroom, Dr. Angel has encouraged students to become educated citizens for more than 30 years, regardless of political persuasion. In the process, more than a few of these students have been inspired to pursue careers in public service. Dr. Angel earned the Ohio State Lima Distinguished Teaching Award in 1981.

At home, Dr. Angel practiced what he preached in the classroom. From 1986-1991 he served as Chair of the Allen County Democratic Party, leading the minority party because he believed that despite the limited chances of electoral success, one-party monopolies in a democracy don’t help anybody. He also served on the Allen County Board of Elections from 1988-1993.

Outside the political world, Dr. Angel takes public service just as seriously. For years, he has worked in the Lima Public Schools in the Big Brother/Big Sister program. More recently, he has spent many weekends as a swimming official for local youth competitions and served as a member of the St. Marys Community Public Library Board of Directors. He also served two years in the U.S. Army as a First Lieutenant from 1971-1973.

In 2002, Dr. Angel became a published author with his memoir of his time as chair of the Allen County Democratic Party, Not All Politics is Local. His often poignant analysis of American politics at the beginning of a transitional phase – when talk radio, 24-hour news channels and eventually the internet started to nationalize all politics thereby diminishing the strength of local dynamics – will serve as a case study of this national phenomenon for students and scholars for years to come.

The Violet I. Meek Town and Gown Award honorees personify the idea of Disciplina in civitatem, or education for citizenship, the motto of The Ohio State University. Angel is the tenth recipient. The award is named for Violet I. Meek, who retired as Dean and Director in 2003 after 12 years in the position at Ohio State Lima. During her tenure, she was an ardent supporter and promoter of community growth and increased interaction between the University and the people and communities in its service area. As such, the Board of Trustees created an award in her honor to recognize those working toward similar goals. Past winners include David S. Adams, Associate Professor Emeritus of Sociology; Tom Francis, a popular media personality in Lima whose activities have centered around his commitment to the University and the community; Clyde Rauch, the president of Tuttle Services who has worked diligently with Ohio State Lima and its co-located institution; Bob Schulte, co-owner and Executive President of Spherion of Lima, Inc., who is currently serving as a campaign co-chair for Ohio State Lima’s comprehensive campaign; William V. Ackerman, Associate Professor of Geography; Jaye E. McCain, a financial advisor for Edward Jones and Associates, who is currently serving as a campaign co-chair for Ohio State Lima’s comprehensive campaign; Dr. Jon E. Rockhold, a former Special Assistant to the Dean and Director with a strong record of outstanding professional leadership in the community; Ora "Bud" Winzenried, past president of Kenton Structural and Ornamental Iron Works and a former member of the Board of Directors of the Ohio State Alumni Association; and Mayor David J. Berger, mayor of the City of Lima who helped form the Joint Higher Education Task Force, which aimed to retain an Ohio State presence in Lima in the form of a four-year university.