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July 16, 2014 : Two New Members on Ohio University Lancaster | Pickerington Coordinating Council
- Cheri Russo
Communications and Marketing Manager


Lancaster – The Ohio University Lancaster | Pickerington Coordinating Council has two new members who both bring a Hocking County regional campus connection to the group.  South Central Power Director of Database Systems Tonya Hixenbaugh and Attorney Christopher Veidt, both of Logan, begin their terms on the council this fall.
“My wife, Karen, graduated cum laude from Ohio University Lancaster with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education in 1982,” said Veidt. “The opportunity for Karen to obtain her degree from the Ohio University Campus in Lancaster while residing in nearby Logan, raising our three sons, and participating in many community functions in Logan was an invaluable option.”
“I was a student at OUL  and then transferred to Ohio University in Athens to finish my degree in Business Administration with a focus in Management Information Systems,” said Hixenbaugh.
The general and essential function of the Ohio University Lancaster Campus and Pickerington Center Coordinating Council is to ensure, for the University and the regional community that they serve, that opportunities exist for the sharing of information and exchange of viewpoints and ideas between members of the community and the appropriate University officials.
“I believe it’s important to serve on the council so that the community and the OUL campus have the opportunity to share ideas and viewpoints,” said Hixenbaugh.“Each member brings a different perspective from his or her background and may also be able to share past experiences.”
“The campus serves an important role in higher education. The fact that the leadership is willing to listen to stakeholders and take the input and feedback seriously helps with the university’s strategies,” said Veidt.
Both Hixenbaugh and Veidt believe access to regional higher education is important for Fairfield County, the surrounding area and the region’s economic future.
“It gives people in areas close to campus, like Logan, an affordable way to obtain higher education,” said Hixenbaugh.
“I believe stakeholders in the community provide perspectives that allow for good decision making and support for the campus,” said Veidt.  “Serving on the Coordinating Council is one way to give back to the university and the community.”