Randall Hunt Named Chair of Mount Union Board of Trustees

May 18, 2010

Randall C. Hunt, a director and shareholder in the law firm of Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A., has been elected chair of the Mount Union College Board of Trustees.  The appointment was made during the Board’s annual spring meetingRandall Hunt.

A native of Alliance, Hunt graduated magna cum laude from Mount Union in 1975 and earned a juris doctor degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 1978.  He has been a member of the Mount Union Board of Trustees since 1995 and has served as its secretary and vice chair for the past eight years.

While a student at Mount Union, Hunt earned three varsity letters in football and was a freshman starter on the 1971 Purple Raider squad.  He was the recipient of the Judge Phillips Pre-Law Prize and a member of Pi Gamma Mu International Social Service Honor Society, Psi Kappa Omega National Scholastic Honor Society, Blue Key National Honor Fraternity and Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity.  Hunt also was a finalist for the Outstanding Senior Man award in 1975 and received the Good Citizenship Award during the institution’s 1975 Commencement Exercises.

After graduation, Hunt continued his involvement with his alma mater as a member of the College’s Alumni Council, serving as its president in 1984.

“I am deeply honored and humbled by this appointment,” said Hunt.  “ I am following an illustrious group of individuals who have devoted their time and talents in strategically leading the Board and the institution.  As a graduate of Mount Union and a lifetime resident of Alliance, I truly appreciate and understand the significance of the institution to our local economy and the vital support the city and its administration provide to our operations.” 

Locally, Hunt is a member of the Board of Directors of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and chairs its Enshrinement Selection Committee.  Active in regional economic development, Hunt serves as the vice chair of the Stark Development Board, as a member of the economic development committee of the Alliance Chamber of Commerce, and as a member of a regional investment group which owns and operates area industrial and distribution businesses.  He has also served as chairman of the board of trustees of Alliance Community Hospital, and its parent company, Alliance Citizens Health Association and is a former member of the Board of Trustees of Stark State College where he served as its chair.

Hunt succeeds Lee Ann Thorn, who joined the Board of Trustees in 1994 and was named chair in 2004. During her tenure in this leadership role, Mount Union experienced a period of growth and expansion in terms of its campus, its programs and its stature in the higher education community. 

 “Through the generosity of our alumni and friends we have updated and renovated our campus, and through the insight of our faculty we have expanded our curriculum to meet the needs of our students and the marketplace,” said Hunt.  “We are blessed with an experienced and skilled administration, led by President Giese and his vice presidents as well as a committed and caring faculty, guided by Dean Patricia Draves.  It is my hope and plan that the constituents of Mount Union continue to channel their efforts and their resources to the fulfillment of our strategic plan and mission.”

“The leadership historically provided by the Board chair and most recently exemplified by Lee Ann during her successful tenure has driven Mount Union’s continued success,” said Dr. Richard F. Giese, president of Mount Union.  “Randy’s sound judgment and skillful leadership positions him to ably continue this strong tradition.  He brings outstanding abilities, experience and commitment to his new role.  He and Lee Ann have worked closely to ensure a smooth transition, and we are fortunate to have such a capable leader prepared to step into this role and further advance our institution, our mission and our future.”

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