June 1, 2007
By Anita Martin
A 1973 summa cum laude graduate whose first encounter with the university came on Sibs Weekend and the winner of a top Lancaster Campus award for student leadership are the newest members of the Ohio University Board of Trustees.
Gov. Ted Strickland announced five new university trustee appointments Thursday, including two to the Ohio University board. Sandra Anderson, BSC '73, a Columbus lawyer, will serve a nine-year term, and Tracy Kelly, an English and history major at Ohio University-Lancaster, will serve a two-year term as a student trustee.
Anderson is a partner in the Columbus law firm of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, where she has practiced since 1976, and she grew up on a farm in Ross County, Ohio. She practices general civil litigation and is chair of the Ohio Supreme Court Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline, of which she has been a member since 2002. She holds a law degree from Northwestern University School of Law, where she graduated magna cum laude in 1976.
Since graduation, she has remained active with the Scripps College of Communication, serving on the Dean's Advisory Council (since 2000) and the School of Interpersonal Communication advisory committee (1992-94). She was inducted into the college's Alumni Hall of Fame in 1993.
Anderson first stepped foot on Ohio University's campus while visiting her older cousin for Sibs Weekend. She, her brother and sister later enrolled, and her niece, Sandy Jean Larsen, is now an art history major on campus.
"I'm a loyal Bobcat," Anderson said. "I look at the past, how old the institution is, how strong we have been over the years, the amazing and deep set of alums launched over the years," she said. "I look forward to being on this team (of trustees) working to make Ohio University a better institution for students, faculty and everyone."
Anderson said she has much to learn from other board members, but she believes in maintaining and strengthening both the university's strong undergraduate curriculum and its commitment to research. She mentioned efforts to raise faculty salaries and provide more scholarship opportunities for students as initiatives she supports.
Kelly, a student of English, history and women's studies at the Lancaster Campus since 2000, will transfer to the Athens Campus in the fall.
"I'm thrilled to have this opportunity," Kelly said. In particular, the 25-year-old hopes to bring more attention to Ohio University's nontraditional students.
"I would like to represent commuting students, regional campus students, students with families and other nontraditional students and see if I can help incorporate them more fully into the overall fabric of the Ohio University community. If I can help do this, it would be incredibly rewarding for me."
She received Ohio University-Lancaster's Outstanding Female Student Leader Award this year and the Regional Campus Student Leadership Award last year. Kelly has served as a student senator on the Lancaster Campus and as a member of the Leadership Enhancement Acquisition Delegation (LEAD) and Sigma Tau Delta, the English honors society.
Kelly frequently serves on campus committees to plan and promote the Celebrate Women conferences at OU-L and the Pickerington Center, while maintaining employment, on and off campus, ranging from sales and customer service at Andrews Jewelers in Lancaster to a student research assistantship with Edwin and Ruth Kennedy Distinguished Professor Robert DeMott.
Anderson replaces R. Gregory Browning, the board's most recent chair, whose term has ended. C. Daniel DeLawder will serve as chair in the interim until the board's June 29 meeting, when the new chair will be named. DeLawder is a candidate. Kelly fills the seat vacated by Student Trustee Micah Mitchell, who is graduating.
Also new on the board, Dell Robinson, BSPE '88, has been selected as the alumni representative for a one-year term. Robinson is a Cleveland resident who is associate commissioner of legislative and compliance services for the Mid-American Conference and incoming chair of the Ohio University Alumni Association Board of Directors. He replaces Ron Iori. A nonvoting member, the alumni representative acts in an advisory role.