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October 7, 2011

Two alumni elected to Ohio University Foundation Board of Trustees 

A University College alum and a College of Business alum have been elected to serve on Ohio University’s Foundation Board, a non-profit organization responsible for all private gifts to Ohio University.  

Franklin B. Stevens III (BGS ’74), a native of Jackson, went on to earn a master’s degree in business administration from Nova Southeastern University in 1983. He is the director of health analytics at Berkeley Research Group and resides in Santa Ana, Calif.  

Stevens spent seven years at Navigant Consulting as a managing director before joining Deloitte, LLC. He is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and the International Association of Insurance Receivers. Stevens chairs the College of Health Sciences and Professions Campaign Steering Committee and is an annual giver to University College at Ohio University. 

“I am both honored and excited to have the opportunity to serve as a trustee of the Ohio University Foundation,” said Stevens. “I passionately believe that Ohio University offers an educational experience that refines students into future thinkers, strategist, educators, researchers, leaders and ethical citizens through academic challenge and opportunities for personal development.”  

Stevens made his first gift to Ohio University in 1984 and since then has gifted pledge payments to the Franklin B. Stevens Scholarship for the College of Health Sciences and Professions. Stevens continues to be a generous supporter of Ohio University.  

Keith E. Wandell (BBA ’72), of Bluffton, S.C., continued his education at the University of Dayton, receiving his masters of business administration. Wandell is originally from Lima and is the president and chief executive officer at Harley-Davidson, Inc. in Milwaukee, Wis.  

Wandell spent 19 years at Johnson Controls, Inc., advancing to president and chief operating officer prior to accepting his position at Harley-Davidson, Inc. He is a member of the board of directors for Dana Holding Corporation, Harley-Davidson, Inc. and Johnson Controls, Inc. He also serves as vice chair on the Michigan Minority Business Development Council, a not-for-profit organization that works toward minority-owned business development.  

Wandell looks forward to helping the University realize its promise as it looks to the future, he said.  

“First, it is an honor to have been invited to join the board. It is an opportunity to be part of shaping an even better future for Ohio University,” Wandell said. “The primary goal is to make sure that there are strategies in place for a sustainable future. We all know what has made the institution great: what will be required for future greatness is the challenge.”  

Wandell gave his first gift to Ohio University in 2004 and continues to give to The Ohio Bobcat Club and the College of Business.  

“We are so pleased to welcome these two talented and visionary leaders as trustees to the Foundation Board,” said Bryan Benchoff, vice president for University Advancement and president and chief executive officer of the Ohio University Foundation. “Mr. Stevens and Mr. Wandell will bring to this body their unique experience and know-how as we look toward securing a sustainable future for Ohio University.” 

Established in 1945 by former President John C. Baker, the Ohio University Foundation is a non-profit, tax exempt, 501(c)(3) organization and is responsible for all private gifts to Ohio University through annual giving programs, campaigns and planned or deferred gifts.

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