Directors of new BGSU Research Institute appointed

Four northwest Ohio businessmen and a southeast Michigan banker were appointed March 23 by the board of trustees as directors of the new BGSU Research Institute.

The trustees also named Milton Baker and Drs. Ronald Scherer and Sheila Roberts to two-year terms as ex-officio directors. Baker is executive in residence and director of BGSU’s Dallas-Hamilton Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. Scherer is a professor of communication disorders at the University, while Roberts is an associate professor and chair of the geology department.

The five directors will serve staggered terms on the board of the institute, a nonprofit corporation separate from BGSU. It is designed to help Bowling Green faculty, staff and students develop their research or creative ideas into marketable products, and to help find outside support to patent and license those products.

Appointed for three years was Charles (Jim) Bayer of Holland, Ohio. One of four BGSU alumni among the new directors, Bayer received a bachelor of arts degree from the University in 1969. He is former co-owner and president of Fremont-based Crescent Manufacturing, which makes disposable precision blades used in the medical and food processing fields.

Serving two-year terms will be George Baty of Weston and Charles Stocking of Perrysburg. Baty, who graduated from BGSU in 1961 with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, is president of Cresset Chemical Co., a family-run business that sells to the concrete construction industry. Stocking is president and CEO of Principle Business Enterprises Inc., a Dunbridge company that makes disposable patient-care products for hospitals and long-term care facilities, and for people with serious physical disabilities.

Rounding out the board of directors are Daniel Keller of Huron and Bruce Nyberg of Detroit, Mich., each of whom was appointed to a one-year term. Keller is president of KELLCO Venture Capital and Private Equity Investments. He received his bachelor’s degree in 1972 and a master of business administration degree in 1978, both from BGSU. He is a member of the BGSU Foundation Board of Directors, as is Nyberg, the regional president of Huntington National Bank—East Michigan. Nyberg is a 1968 Bowling Green graduate with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Dr. John Folkins, chief executive officer of the new research institute, said he sought input on and off campus in his search for potential directors with extensive business, and especially entrepreneurial, experience. Once the board meets and elects a chair, an affiliation agreement between the chair and the University will launch the institute, he said.

The trustees recommended the creation of a research institute in 2005 and approved it last year. The institute’s first goal, organizers have said, is to raise awareness among faculty and staff about possible commercialization of their intellectual property and to make connections with the business and industrial community.

In other business March 23, the trustees:
• Gave their approval for the College of Musical Arts to begin the process of creating a new bachelor of musical arts degree. The degree, which must also receive approval from the Ohio Board of Regents and the National Association of Schools of Music before being offered at BGSU, would complement the two music degrees already offered by the University. They are the bachelor of music, from the music college, and the bachelor of arts, from the College of Arts and Sciences.

The idea arose in response to growing student interest in a degree that would support study in areas such as arts management, music business and entrepreneurship. The B.M.A. would comprise interdisciplinary courses along with the music curriculum for students who are admitted to the college by audition but do not meet the requirements for a professional degree in musicology/composition/theory, music education or music performance, the three areas currently offered.

Prospective students visiting the college on Presidents’ Day and Music Discovery Day have expressed interest in such a degree, the college reported, and program review reports have recommended a more general degree in music for majors in the college.

If approved, the B.M.A. is expected to assist in recruitment of students interested in pursuing business-related careers in music. While more flexible than the bachelor of music degree, it has a significantly greater professional focus than the music degree offered through Arts and Sciences, according to Dean Donald Nieman.

• Approved a thorough revision to the Classified Staff Handbook and a change to the Administrative Staff Handbook regarding flexible scheduling and variable work hours.

• Granted tenure and promotion to 28 faculty members and promotion to 11 others; granted emeritus status to four retiring faculty members, and approved the creation of the School of Earth, Environment and Society, comprised of the geology and geography departments and the Center for Environmental Programs. (See separate stories.)

• Recognized departing trustees Sharon Cook, who is completing her nine-year term on the board, and Raquel Colon, the undergraduate student representative.

March 26, 2007