Cliff Shields Inducted into Hall of Excellence

April 11, 2013

ALLIANCE, Ohio — Longtime University of Mount Union Board of Trustees member Clifford Shields ‘43 was inducted into the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges’ (OFIC) 2013 Hall of Excellence at its Evening of Excellence held on Wednesday.

Shields has been a member of the Mount Union Board of Trustees since 1967. His service to Mount Union includes serving as chair of the Board of Trustees from 1987 to 1992; interim president of the University during the 1985-1986 Academic Year; vice president of the executive committee; co-chairman of the 1974 long-range planning study, chairman of the 1982 Bylaws and Organizational Review Task Force, co-chairman of the 1980 presidential search committee and committee member of the 1985 presidential search committee.

“Dr. Shields is a distinguished alumnus, a member of our Board for more than four decades, a generous supporter of the University and a terrific individual,” said Dr. Richard F. Giese, president of Mount Union. “His contributions to Mount Union are numerous, and we are thankful for the leadership, support and guidance he has provided the institution in his 45 years of service. The Mount Union family is extremely proud of Dr. Shields’ accomplishments.”

Shields has also served Mount Union in various fundraising volunteer roles during five significant campaigns.

After graduating from Mount Union, Shields served in the United States Army.  Following his military assignment, he went on to earn his master’s degree from Northwestern University in 1947.  He attended Syracuse University in 1963 studying in the Executive Controls Program.

Shields, a former Standard Oil Company (Ohio) executive, spent 35 years of his professional career in various administrative positions in the area of finance at Sohio in Cleveland. In the later years of his employment, he served as the director of its philanthropic giving program, which took him to many college and university campuses. During employment with Sohio and in retirement, he has been active in leadership positions in the field of higher education.

Through his service on the Board, Shields has encouraged members to take an active role in support of higher education along with mentoring others to become future supporters and leaders. Shield’s dedication to higher education is not limited to Mount Union; his willingness to aid other institutions demonstrates his dedication to higher education in general.

From 1983-85, Shields served as interim dean of Kent State University’s College of Business Administration. He also served on Kent State’s Business Advisory Council.  In 1974, Shields received the Distinguished College of Business Administration Award from Kent State; and in 1985, the University’s Distinguished Service Award.  In addition, he was a member of the Business Advisory Council at the University of Toledo and Administrative Chairperson for corporate and foundation solicitation at the Francis Payne Bolton School of Nursing.

In recognition of Shield’s outstanding leadership at Mount Union, in 2000, Shields Residence Hall was named in honor of him signifying his distinguished time and service to the University. Shields received the Mount Union Alumni Service Award in 1977, which recognizes service to the University and contributions to the continuing development of higher education. He was also awarded the Honorary Doctor of Humanities degree in 1986.

Since 1950, the OFIC has been partnering with Ohio’s businesses, foundations and other donors to assist students with financial need obtain a college education. Established in 1987, the OFIC Hall of Excellence Award honors outstanding alumni on an annual basis.

Other Mount Union alumni that have been inducted into the Hall include Dr. Robert S. Kunkel Jr. ’55, Congressman Ralph S. Regula ’48, Dr. Dorothy Sisk ’58, Brian L. Stafford ’69 and Vanita (Bauknight ’63) Oelschlager.


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