By George Mauzy
Gov. Ted Strickland has appointed Ohio University alumni David Brightbill and David Wolfort to the university's Board of Trustees.
Brightbill will complete the seven years remaining in the term of Scott Borgemenke, who resigned in April because of an employment change. Wolfort replaces C. David Snyder, whose term ended this year.
A resident of Lower Salem, Ohio, Brightbill has served as executive director of the Washington-Morgan County Community Action Program since 1987. He joined the agency shortly after graduating from Ohio University in 1970 and has held the positions of assistant executive director, director of employment and training, employment and training coordinator, and youth coordinator.
Brightbill is a past president of the Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies and the Corporation of Appalachian Ohio Development. His Ohio University bachelor's degree is in secondary education. Son David graduated from Ohio University in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in industrial hygiene.
As a member of the Ohio University Alumni Association Board of Directors from 2003 to 2005, Brightbill chaired the Alumni Service Task Force Committee and was active on several others.
"Ohio University has been great to me, and I am interested in becoming a part of its history," Brightbill said. "I appreciate the governor's new University System of Ohio, and I believe President (Roderick) McDavis has a good vision for the university. I look forward to getting started."
Brightbill's term concludes June 30, 2015.
Wolfort has served since 1995 as chief operating officer of Olympic Steel in Bedford Heights, Ohio, and as the company's president since 2001. He joined the company in 1984 as general manager and served from 1987 to 1995 as vice president commercial.
Wolfort is a member of the Metals Service Center Institute's board of directors and past chairman of its political action and government affairs committees. He also serves as a regional board member for the Northern Ohio Anti-Defamation League.
He graduated cum laude from Ohio University in 1974 with a bachelor's degree in government. Daughter Erica is due to graduate from the university this fall with a bachelor of fine arts degree in painting.
Wolfort said he is interested in helping Ohio citizens attain an affordable higher education because that same opportunity was afforded to him.
"I cherish the education that Ohio University gave me after I arrived on campus in 1970 sight unseen and became the first person in my family to graduate from college," Wolfort said. "I enjoyed Ohio University for four years, and I am a big fan of the direction Dr. McDavis is taking the university and the direction Gov. Strickland is taking the state. My appointment to the board is almost surreal and gives me a great deal of satisfaction."
Wolfort's term concludes June 30, 2017.
The governor appoints trustees of Ohio's public universities with the consent of the Ohio Senate.
The Ohio University Board of Trustees comprises nine voting members, two nonvoting national trustees, two nonvoting student trustees and a nonvoting representative of the Ohio University Alumni Association. The nine voting members are appointed to nine-year terms and must live in Ohio; five must be Ohio University alumni. The national trustees serve two- and three-year terms, and the student trustees serve staggered two-year terms.
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Updated Aug. 25, 2008.