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Newest Foundation Board trustees visit campus March 1-2


The Ohio University Foundation Board’s newest trustees will be in Athens March 1-2 to attend the regularly scheduled Foundation Board meeting. Foundation Board trustees are chosen based on their strong ties to Ohio University, a demonstrated ability to give and raise funds for the University, and their commitment to the University through involvement with a school, campus or program. Ohio University Foundation Board members are highly valued in their profession and/or community.  

Established in 1945 by President John C. Baker, The Ohio University Foundation serves as the fundraising arm of OHIO. The Foundation is an institutionally-related, nonprofit, tax exempt, 501(c)(3) organization, and is the repository for all private gifts to Ohio University through annual giving programs, capital and special campaigns, and planned or deferred gifts such as bequests and trusts. Contributions to The Ohio University Foundation are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.

Meet the Trustees

Rev. Norman Edward Dewire of Powell, Ohio, earned a bachelor’s degree in education from OHIO in 1958. He went on to receive a master of divinity degree in 1962 from Boston University, an honorary doctoral degree in 1976 from Adrian College in Michigan, and a doctor of ministry degree in 1979 from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. Dewire is the president emeritus for the Methodist Theological School in Delaware, Ohio. He is also a previous recipient of the Public Service Award for Civil Rights from the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney General. Dewire has served as a member of the Ohio University Board of Trustees and currently serves on the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (OU-HCOM) Advisory Board.

James D. Edwards of Westerville, Ohio, earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from OHIO in 1970. He was the owner and director of the Environmental Division for Burgess & Niple’s office in Parkersburg, W.Va., before he retired in 2011. Edwards is a member of the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology’s Advancement Committee. He was a member of the Russ College’s Chemical Engineering Advisory Committee and served on the College’s Dinos Professorship Committee.  

Julie Mann graduated from Ohio University in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. She currently serves as the technical delivery manager at Bank of America in Charlotte, N.C. In 2007, Mann won the Charles J. Ping and Claire O. Ping Recent Graduate Award, an honor that recognizes recent graduates who have taken an active interest in Ohio University. She was past president of the Ohio University Alumni Association’s (OUAA) Greater Charlotte (NC) Chapter Network, as well as the past president of the OUAA’s College of Business Society of Alumni and Friends. Mann received her master’s certificate in project management from George Washington University in 2007. She serves on the Foundation Board as part of her position as vice chair of the OUAA Board.

Thomas Kostohryz of Athens completed a bachelor’s degree in biological science in 1972, a bachelor’s degree in education in 1974, and a master’s degree in environmental studies in 1977, all at Ohio University. He is a sales and marketing consultant for Southeastern Agency, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cornerstone Brokerage Insurance Service. Kostohryz was previously a middle and high school science teacher in Logan, Ohio. In 2011, Kostohryz won the Foster B. Cornell Award from The Athens Foundation, which recognizes individuals dedicated to the growth of the Athens Foundation and to the Athens County community. He is a member of the Ohio Bobcat Club Advisory Board, the Ohio University Athletic Hall of Fame Committee, the Athens Foundation and serves as the board chair of Live Healthy Appalachia, a non-profit organization that supports the health and well-being of people in the Appalachian region.

Dr. Kevin Lake of New Albany, Ohio, is a senior attending physician in family practice and serves as medical director for Cardinal Medical Group LLC in Columbus. In 2008, Lake was appointed by Gov. Ted Strickland to a five-year term on the OU-HCOM Advisory Board. Lake received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Capital University in 1988 and the doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from OU-HCOM in 1992. Lake has served on the Ohio University Board of Trustees since 2010.

Beverly Eileen Jones of Washington, D.C., is currently the senior fellow and strategic coach for the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs as well as the president of Clearways Consulting LLC. Previously, Jones served as attorney and special counsel for Adams & Reese LLP and as vice president of external affairs and public affairs and policy for Dominion Resources Services Inc. She received two degrees from Ohio University: a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1969 and a master’s degree in business administration in 1975. She went on to receive her juris doctor degree from Georgetown University in 1978 and completed the certification program for senior managers in government from Harvard University in 1994.

Thomas B. Weihe received his bachelor’s degree in education from Ohio University in 1961. While attending OHIO, Weihe played varsity soccer and football. Since 2011, he has been a member of OHIO Intercollegiate Athletics’ The Promise Lives Campaign committee. Weihe currently serves as president of Weihe Inc. He has also served as a volunteer at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Columbus.