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Thursday, May 20, 2010

BGSU, Kent State celebrate their centennials

State Rep. Randy Gardner presents a proclamation to President Carol Cartwright
State Rep. Randy Gardner presents a proclamation to President Carol Cartwright commemorating BGSU's 100th anniversary.

This is a landmark year in the history of BGSU and Kent State University. One hundred years ago, the Lowry Bill was passed, creating two new teachers' colleges in northern Ohio.

Kent State President Lester Lefton and President Carol Cartwright
Kent State President Lester Lefton and President Carol Cartwright

Both schools were honored during a luncheon and special program yesterday (May 19) at the Ohio Statehouse Atrium in Columbus. Attending the program were President Carol A. Cartwright, Kent State President Lester A. Lefton, Vice Chancellor John Brighton and Inter-University Council of Ohio President Bruce Johnson.

Since those early days, both schools have evolved significantly.

BGSU is now a university with nearly 20,000 students from 84 of Ohio's 88 counties. With strengths in education, business, health and wellness, the environment and sustainability, and the arts, the University is nationally recognized for its commitment to undergraduate teaching.

"The leadership of Ohio has long understood that education is the way to prosperity. A century ago the governor and the Ohio General Assembly had the wisdom to create two new normal schools in the northern part of the state to educate more teachers. More than 160,000 graduates later, BGSU is still providing a great education at a great value," said Cartwright.

The Ohio House of Representatives and Senate also presented resolutions recognizing both schools.

Alumnus killed in Afghanistan

Lt. Col. Thomas Belkofer, 44, was one of five soldiers killed in Kabul, Afghanistan, this week when enemy forces attacked a U.S. Army convoy. Belkofer was a 1992 graduate of BGSU and earned a bachelor's degree in Architectural and Environmental Design Technology while participating in the Army ROTC program.

Belkofer was assigned to the headquarters of the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), in Fort Drum, N.Y.

We extend our condolences to his family.

in the news

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Wolfe family makes significant donation to Toledo Art Museum
- The Blade

Cheryl Krueger one of the '100 Most Prominent Alumni
- The Bellevue Gazette

Susan Finn one of the '100 Most Prominent Alumni'
- The Week, Upper Arlington

Vice president for University advancement/president of university foundation named

Thomas Hiles
Thomas Hiles

BGSU has announced that Thomas Hiles has been named vice president for University advancement and president of the BGSU Foundation, Inc. Hiles is currently vice president for institutional advancement at Western Kentucky University.

Hiles has had a wide range of responsibilities and successes in his 20-plus years in development and advancement. At WKU, he secured one of the largest gifts ever for a public university in Kentucky. Leading a staff of 55 in development, alumni relations and the WKU Foundation, he oversaw the growth of Western Kentucky's endowment from $24 million to $105 million and an increase in cash donations from $3.5 million to $17.5 million. Hiles also leads WKU's dynamic alumni program that features more than 35 alumni chapters nationwide.

Hiles said he is looking forward to joining BGSU. "I'm impressed by BGSU's reputation and its bold strategic plan, which is the framework for seeking private support," he said. "I look forward to working with President Cartwright, the campus community, and the advancement team to strengthen and broaden the support of BGSU's alumni and friends. My family and I are excited about our move and the opportunities at BGSU."

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May 20, 2010