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Arlene Greenfield

Arlene Greenfield

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Fall Patton Lecture Series features retired colonel and alumna


Ohio University alumna Arlene Greenfield will return to the bricks to present at the fall installment of the Violet L. Patton Lecture Series on Monday, Oct. 15, at 11:45 a.m. in the Curriculum and Technology Center at McCracken Hall, room 215.

Greenfield's lecture, titled "An OU Degree and an Army Career," will highlight both her experience at Ohio University and the way in which that experience shaped her long-standing career in the United States Army. The event is free, open to the public, and lunch will be provided.

"We couldn't be more excited to have someone with Arlene's background come speak to the OHIO campus community," said Tim Binegar, director of development for the Patton College. "We always try to select speakers who share our passion for advancing the fields of education or human services, so Arlene was a perfect fit."

Now retired, Greenfield was a Colonel in the U.S. Army, serving in multiple senior-level command and staff positions in the Department of Defense, Department of the Army, and Major Army Command. Her areas of expertise include human resources, personnel management, administration, personnel utilization, and readiness. Her military schooling includes a U.S. Army Fellowship at Harvard University in the areas of leadership, management, and human relations; the Army's Inspector General school; and the Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Va.

Following retirement in 2001, Greenfield was a member of the Army Chief of Staff's Retiree Council. Until 2011, she was a partner and co-founder of a consulting business, Qualitative Research Service Consultants, Inc. Currently she serves as the medical chairperson for the Fort Myer (Virginia) Military Community Retiree Council, as well as a member of the board of directors for the Army Women's Foundation.

Greenfield received a Bachelor of Science degree in home economics from Ohio University in 1971 and a Master of Arts degree in personnel management and human relations from Webster University in Missouri in 1982. Despite a 30-year career that included three successful command tours, Greenfield has maintained her close connection with Ohio University, serving OHIO in a variety of capacities.

In addition to her service on The Ohio University Foundation Board of Trustees, Greenfield served as a member of the Ohio University Alumni Association Board of Directors from 2007-12. She was the board vice chair from 2008-10, and board chair from 2010 until June 30, 2012, when her term ended. In that role, she also served as the Alumni Board's representative to the Ohio University Foundation Board of Trustees. She is the current chair of Women in Philanthropy (WIP) of Ohio University, a Giving Circle member, has served WIP as chair of the Leveraging Leadership Giving Circle and as past nominating committee chair.

Each semester, the Violet L. Patton Lecture Series features a different speaker. Speakers typically are graduates of the Ohio University's Patton College and/or advocates of education and human services.