Jack Ford joins BGSU faculty

BGSU has appointed Jack Ford a practitioner-in-residence in the College of Arts and Sciences, Dean Donald Nieman has announced. The former state representative and Toledo mayor joins the faculty today (March 13).

Ford has taught at the collegiate level for 25 years and has 18 years of experience in public service.

"Jack Ford will be a great addition to our faculty," said Nieman. "His unique blend of experience—ranging from the classroom to the General Assembly to the office of mayor—enables him to bring unique perspectives to courses in political science and several other areas. He's a great fit for the College of Arts and Sciences."

Ford's political career began on Toledo City Council, where he served seven years, the last year as council president. From there he moved to the Ohio House of Representatives, where he also served seven years, the last three as minority leader. He then served four years as the mayor of Toledo, where he was responsible for a $400 million budget and nearly 2,800 employees.

He has also founded two separate, nonprofit organizations dealing with alcoholism and drug addiction, and has built significant public policy initiatives to promote diversity, provide care to people who are without health insurance, assist senior citizens and young people, and promote public health.

A graduate of Ohio State University, Ford earned his master's degree in public administration and law degree at the University of Toledo.

"We want to make full use of Jack Ford's rich background in leadership, government and public service," Nieman said. "We want to put him to work in the classroom, but we will also benefit from major contributions in the development of service learning and other programming in BGeXperience, as well as to the President's Leadership Academy. As a practitioner-in-residence, he will be a guest lecturer and participant in courses throughout the University."

Ford's full-time, nontenured faculty appointment will entail the following responsibilities:

•  Teaching in the Department of Political Science, including urban politics and policy, state and local government, and American government, as well as developing coursework that draws on his experience;
•  Developing co-curricular programming for BGeXperience, focused on issues of politics and public policy;
•  Conducting guest lectures in the departments of political science, sociology, public and allied health, and public administration;
•  Advising the dean of arts and sciences on opportunities for faculty members to use their expertise in developing collaborations that address critical community needs, and
•  Contributing to the Center for Regional Development and the President's Leadership Academy.
March 13, 2006