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GREENCASTLE, IND. — The following students from Ohio are among 729 students named to the Dean’s List for spring semester 2017 at DePauw University. The Dean’s List recognizes students who achieve a semester grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Lauren Longbrake a First Year from Columbus; Keri Peterson a Senior from Columbus; Erica Rapelje a Sophomore from Columbus; Jeremy Boyd a Senior from Delaware; Summer Asad a First Year from Dublin; Allison Foster a Senior from Dublin; Carrie Robinson a Senior from Dublin; Samuel Schmelzer a Junior from Dublin; Emily Green a Sophomore from Lewis Center; Reza Slivka a First Year from Liberty Twp.; Victor Alfonso a First Year from New Albany; Paige Berliner a Junior from New Albany; Elizabeth Gleason a Senior from New Albany; Sarah Ramsey a First Year from Westerville; Quinn Keegan a First Year from Worthington.

Founded in 1837, DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., is a selective, coeducational, residential, liberal arts university with nationally recognized programs and faculty members in its College of Liberal Arts and School of Music. As a leading national liberal arts university, DePauw is particularly noted for the number of students who study abroad and for the innovative use of technology in teaching and learning. Eighty percent of DePauw students receive academic credit for study off-campus in the U.S. and abroad, including internships, study projects and service projects.


Kristin J. Weyman to Support Personal, Academic Achievements of OWU Students

DELAWARE – Ohio Wesleyan University today announced the appointment of Kristin J. Weyman as its new associate dean for student success.

Weyman currently serves as the associate dean of students and the dean for first- and second-year students at Claremont McKenna College in California, a private, residential liberal arts college with 1,250 undergraduate students.

At Ohio Wesleyan, Weyman will oversee the areas of multicultural student affairs, counseling services, and student conduct. Weyman also will serve as a liaison to the student health center (operated by OhioHealth), and she will help to lead OWU’s care and concern team and its retention intervention team. Her primary focus will be to ensure that Ohio Wesleyan students experiencing personal and academic challenges receive the support they need to overcome their issues and earn their degrees.

Weyman will report to Dwayne K. Todd, Ph.D., Ohio Wesleyan’s vice president for student engagement and success, and dean of students.

“Kristin brings a tremendous skill set and solid record of success in helping students to achieve their educational aspirations,” Todd said. “At Claremont McKenna, Kristin’s accomplishments have included developing and implementing a more deeply engaging student-orientation experience; a faster, more responsive student-conduct process; and a standardized protocol for health referrals related to issues of substance abuse.”

Before joining Claremont McKenna in 2013, Weyman worked for nearly three years as the assistant director for housing and programs at Sewanee: The University of the South in Tennessee. Before that, she served for more than three years as the coordinator of first-year programs at Washington University in St. Louis.

Weyman is actively involved in several professional organizations, including NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and NODA: National Orientation Directors Association.

She earned her Master of Science degree in Higher Education Administration and Policy from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Italian, magna cum laude, from Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont. Her undergraduate experience included study abroad at Middlebury College School in Italy and Università degli Studi di Ferrara.

Weyman, who will join the Ohio Wesleyan staff in July, said she is excited to become a Bishop.

“In my visit to campus, I was impressed with how the entire community is inspired to collaborate in finding new and better ways to help students succeed,” Weyman said. “I’m thrilled to be stepping into this new role, and I look forward to working with and supporting the engaging and dynamic students at OWU.”

‘Best Colleges for Your Money’

Ohio Wesleyan Moves Up in Money Magazine’s New Rankings

DELAWARE – Staffers at Money Magazine analyzed 27 data points from 2,400 U.S. colleges to identify the nation’s 711 “Best Colleges for Your Money.”

Ohio Wesleyan University landed in the magazine’s Top 500 U.S. and Top 16 Ohio schools in the new rankings, released this week.

Overall, Ohio Wesleyan jumped 112 points nationally, coming in at 488 using Money’s ranking formula of “educational quality, affordability, and alumni success.”

“This statistical technique … avoids simply rewarding schools for taking in students who’d likely succeed anywhere,” according to the magazine. “And this year we gave weight to new data developed by Stanford economist Raj Chetty that shows how many low-income students schools propelled into the upper middle class over the past 20 years – pointing to colleges that help students achieve the American dream.”

Susan Dileno, Ohio Wesleyan’s vice president for enrollment, said the university is pleased to be recognized by Money as one of the nation’s best colleges.

“Educational quality, affordability, and alumni success – Money’s ranking criteria – are important for families,” Dileno said. “College is a substantial investment, and Ohio Wesleyan is committed to helping prospective students find the right school and then make the most of their college experiences to help ensure their success and satisfaction as OWU graduates.

“For families just beginning the college search,” Dileno continued, “it’s important to visit schools of interest and ask questions. We think part of what makes Ohio Wesleyan a ‘Best College for Your Money’ is that about 97 percent of our students receive merit-based and/or need-based financial aid. The average aid package for our first-year students last year was more than $37,000. We are committed to making an OWU education accessible and invaluable.”

Learn more about enrolling at Ohio Wesleyan at www.owu.edu/admission.

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers nearly 90 undergraduate majors and competes in 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Through Ohio Wesleyan’s signature OWU Connection program, students integrate knowledge across disciplines, build a diverse and global perspective, and apply their knowledge in real-world settings. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” listed on the latest President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, and included in the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “best colleges” lists. Learn more at www.owu.edu.

Congresswoman Joyce Beatty delivers summer commencement address

Beatty has represented Ohio’s Third Congressional District since 2013

COLUMBUS – The Ohio State University announced that Ohio Congresswoman Joyce Beatty will deliver the commencement address to summer graduates. Approximately 1,500 students will receive degrees during the ceremony, on Sunday, Aug. 6, at the Jerome Schottenstein Center.

Prior to her service in the U.S. House of Representatives, Beatty was senior vice president of outreach and engagement at Ohio State and a member in the Ohio House of Representatives for five terms.

“We are honored to welcome Congresswoman Joyce Beatty, who represents Ohio State’s Columbus campus in the United States House of Representatives, to speak at our university’s 416th commencement ceremony,” said President Michael V. Drake. “As a small-business owner, steadfast public servant, passionate higher-education advocate and former senior vice president of The Ohio State University, Congresswoman Beatty will inspire our graduates to change the world for the better as they set out on their collective journey.”

In Congress, Beatty serves on the House Committee on Financial Services and is a member of two subcommittees: Housing and Insurance, and Oversight and Investigations. The Financial Services Committee oversees the entire financial services industry, including the nation’s banking, securities, insurance, and housing industries, as well as the work of the Federal Reserve, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

During her tenure in the Ohio House, Beatty rose to become the first female Democratic House Leader in Ohio’s history. She was instrumental in enacting legislation to require financial literacy in Ohio’s public school curriculum, to expand STEM education, and to secure funds to help under- and uninsured women access breast and cervical cancer treatment.

In 2014, Beatty’s efforts in Congress helped secure nearly $4 million in federal funds to address Columbus’ infant mortality rate, which is one of the highest in the country. In the same year, she also brought then-Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan to Columbus to announce a $225 million project to revitalize the Near East Side, led by nearly $30 million in federal funds.

Beatty has been instrumental in getting legislation signed into laws to combat sex trafficking and assist teachers who pay out-of-pocket expenses for supplies. She has also introduced legislation that addresses improving financial knowledge in first-time homebuyers, free credit score availability and helping small businesses offer affordable housing.

She also played a major role, alongside other federal and local officials, in helping the City of Columbus win the Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge, a nationwide competition powered by a pledge of up to $40 million in federal funds to transform one mid-size city’s transportation network and make it safer, easier to use and more reliable.

Beatty is a committed supporter of the Congressional Black Caucus, concussion awareness and education legislation, and the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion, which seeks to increase the participation of women and minorities in all facets of the financial marketplace.

She has been named one of Ebony Magazine’s 150 most powerful African-Americans in the United States.

She is active in The Links, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Columbus Urban League, The American Heart Association – where she previously served on the board – and numerous other organizations.

Beatty earned a B.A. from Central State University and an M.S. from Wright State University, and completed all requirements but her dissertation for a doctorate at the University of Cincinnati.

During the ceremony, the university will award the honorary Doctor of Science degree to Leonard Susskind, the Felix Bloch Professor of Theoretical Physics at Stanford University, and director of the Stanford Institute for Theoretical Physics.

The university will award the Distinguished Service Award to Archie Griffin, former president and CEO of The Ohio State University Alumni Association and the nation’s only two-time Heisman Trophy winner.

Spring 2017 University of Akron Graduates

AKRON (07/12/2017)— Congratulations to the 2,994 candidates from 29 states and 39 countries who earned 66 doctoral degrees; 91 juris doctor degrees; 649 master’s degrees; 1,886 bachelor’s degrees; and 302 associate degrees.

Sunbury: Zachary Green, Bachelor of Business Admin. Marketing Management Program; Cecily Nelson, Bachelor of Arts Sociology-Criminology & Law Eng.

Westerville: Christopher Byers, Bachelor of Business Admin. Marketing Management Program; Elaheh Chamsaz, Doctor of Philosophy Polymer Science; Hannah Scipio, Bachelor of Business Admin. Marketing Management Program; Ross Palenik, Bachelor of Science Electrical Engr. – Coop Edu.; Jared Edens, Bachelor of Business Admin. Marketing Management Program; Kevin Adik, Bachelor of Science Natural Sciences – BS/MD.

The University of Akron (UA) is the region’s most influential public research university, contributing to the resurgence of the local economy, providing a highly skilled workforce, and known for an innovative approach to higher education. With nearly 26,000 students and more than 300 associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate and law degree programs, UA offers career-focused and experiential learning that defines the polytechnic approach to education. From polymers and psychology, to engineering and integrated marketing communications, to education and choreography, UA brings together various disciplines in ways that provide students with life-long skills, internships and co-ops, opportunities for academic research, study abroad, on-campus student employment and service projects designed for diverse groups of learners, including full-time, part-time and on-line students, veterans, and adults returning to the classroom.

Ithaca College Students Named to Spring Semester Dean’s List

ITHACA, NY (07/28/2017)— Ithaca College congratulates students named to Dean’s List for the spring 2017 semester:

Samuel Hillmann of Galena; Katherine Evans of Westerville.

From day one, Ithaca College prepares students for success through hands-on experience with internships, research and study abroad. Its integrative curriculum builds bridges across disciplines and uniquely blends liberal arts and professional study. Located in New York’s Finger Lakes region, the College is home to 6,100 undergraduate and 460 graduate students.

Local student receives diploma from Norwich University

NORTHFIELD, Vt. (Grassroots Newswire) July 12, 2017 – Curt Ralph Fedoush of Prospect (43342) received a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice summa cum laude with a minor in sociology from Norwich University at the May 13 commencement ceremony held in NU’s Shapiro Field House.

Approximately 380 graduates from 32 undergraduate programs and one master’s program received diplomas at the ceremony.

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians.

Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).


In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities.

Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Leadership” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu.

NCCU Expands Top Ranked Programs to Online Learners

North Carolina Central University (NCCU) recently launched NCCU Online to provide a robust, easy-to-use, one-stop platform for online learning. NCCU Online conveniently connects users to a host of web-based academic programs, services, resources, scholarship and financial aid, as well access to the online application process. The fully-online offerings include 10 degree programs, seven certificates and two hybrid programs with regional community colleges.

Richwood Resident Earns Degree from WGU

SALT LAKE CITY (Grassroots Newswire) July 24 – Emily Asher of Richwood (43344) has received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Western Governors University (WGU). The university held its 33rd semi-annual commencement ceremony at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City on July 15 and celebrated the graduation of more than 10,000 graduates.

At the commencement, the online, nonprofit university recognized 6,348 undergraduates and 4,140 graduates who have completed their degrees in business, information technology, K-12 teacher education, and healthcare, including nursing.

Forty percent of this year’s graduates represent the first generation in their family to complete college. The average time to graduation for bachelor’s degrees was 2 years, 3 months and the average time to graduation for graduate programs was 1 year, 8 months.

Since WGU’s founding in 1997, the online, competency-based university has awarded more than 87,000 degrees; 20,000 of them in just the past year.

Designed to meet the needs of working adults, WGU’s competency-based learning model makes it possible for students to fit studying into their busy lives. Students complete courses as soon as they demonstrate that they have mastered the subject matter, enabling them to move quickly through material they already know and spend more time on focusing on what they still need to learn. As a result, many students are able to accelerate their studies, finishing faster and saving money.

About WGU

Established in 1997 by 19 U.S. governors with a mission to expand access to high-quality, affordable higher education, online, nonprofit WGU now serves 82,000 students and 87,000 graduates in all 50 states. Driving innovation as the nation’s leading competency-based university, WGU has been recognized by the White House, state leaders, employers, and students as a model that works in postsecondary education. In just 20 years, the university has become a leading force in changing lives of through education. WGU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, has been featured on NPR, NBC Nightly News, CNN, and in The New York Times. Learn more at www.wgu.edu.

UF Announces Spring 2017 Dean’s List

FINDLAY, OH (07/18/2017)— The dean’s list for the spring 2017 semester at the University of Findlay has been announced. To earn this achievement, a student must attain a grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Local students include:

Galena: Julia Burke; Alyssa Parsio; Rachel Renz

Westerville: Jonathan Allen; Jessica Darst; Rebekkah Friske; Abigail Jokerst; Chloe Marburger; Corrina Talamo.

The University of Findlay is one of the largest private colleges in Northwest Ohio. With a total enrollment of more than 4,000 students, the University of Findlay has nearly 80 programs including bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs. UF has been nationally recognized by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review. For more information, visit www.findlay.edu.

Rebecca Dowling-Fitzpatrick of Westerville graduates from RIT

ROCHESTER, NY (07/17/2017)— Rebecca Dowling-Fitzpatrick of Westerville graduated from RIT with a BFA in interior design.

Some 3,500 undergraduate and graduate students received their degrees during RIT’s 132nd commencement celebration in May.

Rochester Institute of Technology is home to leading creators, entrepreneurs, innovators and researchers. Founded in 1829, RIT enrolls about 19,000 students in more than 200 career-oriented and professional programs, making it among the largest private universities in the U.S.

The university is internationally recognized and ranked for academic leadership in business, computing, engineering, imaging science, liberal arts, sustainability, and fine and applied arts. RIT also offers unparalleled support services for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. The cooperative education program is one of the oldest and largest in the nation. Global partnerships include campuses in China, Croatia, Dubai and Kosovo.

Columbus State designated as an Apple Distinguished Program

Columbus State Community College has been designated an Apple Distinguished Program for the school’s Digital Education & Instructional Services program.

“The selection of our college as an Apple Distinguished Program shines a spotlight on the success of our faculty,” says Dr. David Harrison, President of Columbus State. “With support from our Board and college leadership, faculty members have used innovative technology to foster an engaging learning environment that supports students and their success.”

The Apple Distinguished Program designation recognizes Columbus State as an exemplary learning environment for innovation, leadership and educational excellence designed to engage students while supporting their academic achievements.

Columbus State also recently announced courses using Apple’s Swift programming language – a yearlong curriculum designed by Apple engineers and educators to teach students elements of app design using Swift, Apple’s open-source programming language designed for building apps for iOS, Mac, Apple TV, and Apple Watch.

The app development courses at Columbus State begin autumn semester. Students will learn about creating apps, coding concepts while creating apps, and will experience hands-on sessions where they will build three iPhone apps in 48 hours.

More information on the new Apple Swift courses can be found at http://www.cscc.edu/apple/

Columbus State Community College was founded in 1963. It is the only institution in the nation to earn distinctions from the American Association of Community Colleges, the Achieving the Dream network, and the Lumina Foundation for its work to help students start strong, stay on course, and graduate into great outcomes. Learn more at www.cscc.edu/greatoutcomes


POWELL – Discovery Education and 3M have announced that Udbhav Raghukanth, a 7th grade student at Liberty Middle School of Olentangy Local School District, has been named the state merit winner for Ohio in the landmark 10th annual Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, the nation’s premier science competition for students grades 5-8. Raghukanth was chosen as one of only 35 state merit winners nationwide for developing an innovative solution to an everyday problem that could ultimately improve and reshape the way we live our lives.

Each January, students nationwide are asked to create a short video describing a new innovation or solution that could solve an everyday problem and improve the lives of many. Raghukanth rose to the top of the competition out of hundreds of submissions due to his science acumen, innovative thinking and exceptional communication skills demonstrated in his entry video. The budding young scientist has been recognized for his project entitled “Microbot Injector: Helping Patients with Alzheimer’s disease.” Udbhav will receive special recognition on the challenge website, www.youngscientistlab.com/challenge, and a technology prize pack. Ten overall national finalists have also been selected to advance to the next round, and will participate in a final competition at the 3M Innovation Center in October. 3M is known worldwide for its innovative culture and ubiquitous brands like Post-it Notes and Scotch Magic tape.

Since its inception in 2008, the Young Scientist Challenge has awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in student scholarships and prizes, paired students with world-renowned scientists to give them real-world insights and delivered much-needed science resources to millions of students, teachers and families across the country. It targets students in the years when research indicates their interest in science begins to wane and encourages them to explore scientific concepts and creatively communicate their findings. Winners have gone on to be featured in Forbes magazine’s annual “30 Under 30” list, speak in front of members of Congress and attendees at the United Nations, meet the President of the United States, and demonstrate inventions on national news programs such as ABC World News Tonight, Fox & Friends, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

For more information on the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, including photos and bios of the 10 finalists and a list of the state merit winners, please visit www.youngscientistlab.com/challenge. On Twitter, follow @3M and @DiscoveryEd and join the conversation using #YoungScientist.

About 3M

At 3M, we apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily. With $30 billion in sales, our 90,000 employees connect with customers all around the world. Learn more about 3M’s creative solutions to the world’s problems at www.3M.com or on Twitter @3M or @3MNewsroom.

About Discovery Education

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content and professional development for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content that supports the implementation of Common Core, professional development, assessment tools, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are in half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools the UK, and more than 50 countries. Discovery Education partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

State Superintendent Reduces ECOT’s Funding Following Yost Request

Columbus – Following a plea from Auditor of State Dave Yost to place a portion of the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow’s (ECOT) funding in escrow, the Ohio Department of Education yesterday reduced by $12.4 million the amount of student funding it will send to the virtual school.

In response to Yost’s July 20 letter, Superintendent Paolo DeMaria said ECOT’s funding will be reduced by 12 percent beginning with its August payment, scheduled for Aug. 13. Yost asked DeMaria to withhold “a significant portion” of ECOT’s funding after the school submitted a funding request for almost the same number of students for the 2017-18 school year as it did last year – despite telling the Ohio Supreme Court on July 6 that it had suffered “unprecedented enrollment losses.”

“This decision by Superintendent DeMaria and the Department is an excellent response to what appears to be an inflated request for student funding,” Auditor Yost said. “It’s clear the Superintendent shares my concern that any overfunding might be lost if ECOT closes – a prospect that was raised when ECOT’s executives said the school was in a ‘death spiral.’ I applaud this move to protect tax dollars.”

ECOT was being funded at the rate of $103.6 million for claimed enrollment of 14,200 for the 2017-18 school year. A 12 percent reduction in funding totals about $12.4 million. The Ohio Department of Education determined ECOT could document funding for 6,800 of the 15,000 students it claimed for the 2015 school year. ECOT’s full-time equivalency (FTE) review for the 2016 school year has not been released.

ODE has begun clawing back about $60 million in funding that ECOT was paid for students who could not be substantiated based on available participation records. Auditor Yost’s July 20 letter to DeMaria expressed concern that the state was overpaying ECOT for the upcoming school year, effectively loaning the school money that was being paid back to the Department of Education.

“While I recognize your standard practice is to fund charter schools in advance of the school year commencing, facts unique to ECOT’s situation warrant a different approach at this time,” Yost wrote in his letter to DeMaria. “It defies logic that there would not have been some out-migration from ECOT to traditional schools or other charters.”

The Auditor of State’s office, one of five independently elected statewide offices in Ohio, is responsible for auditing more than 5,900 state and local government agencies. Under the direction of Auditor Dave Yost, the office also provides financial services to local governments, investigates and prevents fraud in public agencies and promotes transparency in government.

Ohio ranks in Most Student Debt

With college students preparing for the fall semester and 11 percent of all student loans in delinquency or default as of Q1 2017, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2017’s States with the Most and Least Student Debt.

To determine the states that are friendliest toward student-loan debtors, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 10 key metrics. The data set ranges from average student debt to unemployment rate among the population aged 25 to 34 to share of students with past-due loan balances.

Student Debt in Ohio (1=Most; 25=Avg.)

10th – Avg. Student Debt

8th – Proportion of Students with Debt

17th – Student Debt as % of Income (Adjusted for Cost of Living)

14th – Unemployment Rate of Population Aged 25 to 34

13th – % of Student Loans Past Due or in Default

11th – % of Student-Loan Borrowers Aged 50+

23rd – Availability of Student Jobs

26th – Grant Growth

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Northeast Ohio school board member nominated as OSBA president-elect

COLUMBUS — John W. Halkias was recently selected as the Ohio School Boards Association’s (OSBA) 2018 president-elect nominee.

If elected during OSBA’s statewide conference in November, he will become OSBA president in 2019 following his term as president-elect.

Appointed in 1999 and then elected four times to the Plain Local Schools Board of Education in Stark Cou nty, Halkias has served as board president six times, including in 2003 when voters approved a bond issue for a new high school and 2009 when voters passed an operating levy.

He is the first Stark County school board member to be nominated as OSBA’s president-elect.

Halkias serves on OSBA’s Board of Trustees, Federal Relations Network and Rules Committee and previously served on the Executive Committee.

He also is a member of OSBA’s Northeast Region Executive Committee and was region president in 2015. In 2008, he was a member representative of Gov. Ted Strickland’s Governor’s Institute for Creativity and Innovation in Education.

“Being a board of education member isn’t a job. It is every good board member’s passion,” Halkias said. “While we have recently seen deep divisions in our country, I have always been impressed that, despite our broad diversity, Ohio’s board of education members speak with one voice for education and the welfare of our school children. That is a lesson in unity that can be an example to our fellow Americans.”

With the help of the Stark County ESC and OSBA, Halkias established the first countywide meetings of board presidents. The North Canton resident also has served on numerous local boards, including the Stark County Urban League, Jobs for Ohio’s Graduates Stark County, and the Workforce Development Board of Stark-Tuscarawas County.

Halkias, the fund administrator for United Food and Commercial Workers’ Local 880 union-employer healthcare and pension funds, is an avid cyclist and runner, who completed his first half-marathon in April.

He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Akron, where he later earned his juris doctorate. He and his wife, Amy, are the parents of a son, Alex, and daughter, Sophia.

In its 62nd year, the Ohio School Boards Association leads the way to educational excellence by serving Ohio’s public school board members and the diverse districts they represent through superior service, unwavering advocacy and creative solutions.


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