Who is your hero? Nelson Mandela, he led with compassion
What is your favorite movie? Braveheart
If you could have dinner with anyone, who would you choose and why? My grandfather. He was a brilliant man who passed away 18 years ago. I would like to get his views, and the benefit of his wisdom, on a variety of topics.
What occupation did you want to be when you were a kid?Pitcher for the Atlanta Braves
What’s your favorite quote or motto? Adversity does not create character, it reveals it.
What is your favorite book? "The Leadership Challenge" by James Kouzes and Barry Posner
Where is your favorite vacation destination? London, England
University Alumni Spotlight:
Todd Clossin '84
Degrees earned/Colleges attended: MBA, The University of Akron
Job Title: President and CEO WesBanco, Inc.
I oversee overall leadership and performance of the company, which operates in three states and has 1,500 employees and $6.2 billion in assets. I’m responsible for meeting the needs of its shareholders, customers and employees.
MY EXCEPTIONAL STORY
Favorite Part of Job
I enjoy developing talent and helping people/teams reach their full potential.
Proudest Professional Accomplishment
My proudest professional accomplishment is creating a leadership development program that targets rising talent. The program was created five years ago and now has dozens of participants. It focuses on the development of emotional intelligence (self awareness, self management, empathy) and how those skills become more important as you lead larger groups of people.
Chief administrative officer of Fifth Third Bank
Mount Union established a desire in me to be a lifelong learner and to be curious. The liberal arts aspect of the University exposes you to a variety of subjects and teaches you that you can learn anything if you are willing to put forth the effort. I have found the confidence this developed in me to be very helpful as I moved around the country and had to adapt and assimilate to many new environments over the past 30 years.
Dr. Patricia Matthews, professor of finance and health care management, because she challenged me the most. She taught at a level that required you to work hard and in return you received a deep understanding of the subject.
Critical Thinking Skills
I have experienced a number of situations in my career that required me to not follow the group view or the view of a particularly powerful figure. The University of Mount Union made it acceptable to disagree with groupthink and to articulate your own position or point of view and then gain advocacy for that view. I look for that skill in the leaders I put around me today because I want to hear all perspectives before I make a major decision.
Advice for Students
Take full advantage of the time the professors give to you. I learned a great deal about subjects and concepts outside of class, during faculty office hours. Go beyond what is taught in class and explore the subject on your own. Be curious about areas of study outside of your chosen profession. This develops perspective and allows you to connect data points that others may not see. I was a business major but find that I need to understand sociology, philosophy and psychology concepts to keep the company moving in the right direction.
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