Nov. 22, 2011
Two new trustees were sworn in during the Shawnee State University Board of Trustees meeting held Friday, Nov. 18, in the Selby Board Room in the Clark Memorial Library.
Gary Paine, President of Pilot Freight Services CMH & CMH Pilot Cartage Services of Gahanna, has been appointed by Governor Kasich to serve the board.
"As a new trustee, I'm looking for opportunities to use my background and experiences to help Shawnee State University continue to grow and impact our region," Paine said. "As a parent and a business owner, I know how important the value of an education is to members of our community. Shawnee State University is a young university, which helps it be flexible in adapting to the changing needs of students, parents, and the community and I'm looking forward to being a part of its future."
Originally from Pittsburgh, Paine is a graduate of Robert Morris College where he majored in Business Administration. After several years in the air freight industry as a business owner and working in the areas of sales, operations, and management, he purchased the Central Ohio franchise for Pilot Air Freight in 1983. He is a past president of the Council of Logistics Management – Columbus Roundtable, past member of Inland Port Commission Advisory Council, past president of The Columbus Air Cargo Association, frequent guest speaker for OSU courses in Transportation, Logistics and Aviation. He is a board member of The Columbus Region Logistics Council and he is involved in civic organizations and a past president of the New Albany Rotary.
"Gary brings tremendous experience to the board and we are looking forward to working with him as we meet the current and future challenges faced by higher education," Dr. Rita Rice Morris, SSU President, said.
Paine is filling the board seat left vacant when Jim Warren completed his term in 2010. His term expires June 30, 2019.
Christopher "Aaron" Shaw of West Rushville, Ohio, has been appointed by Governor Kasich as student trustee on the Shawnee State University Board and will complete a two-year term.
Shaw graduated as salutatorian from Fairfield High School in 2009 and began attending Shawnee State University. He is in his junior year majoring in accounting with a minor in economics. For years, he has helped run a family farm, raising and selling alpacas.
He is president of the Student Government Association, a Presidential Ambassador, and a Resident Advisor at SSU.
"I am excited to have the opportunity to see how the administrative side works," Shaw said. "I am hoping to use the information gained through this experience to prepare myself for the competitive job market."
Morris said that having the student viewpoint on the Board of Trustees is important.
"Aaron is a strong student leader and we are fortunate to have him on the board," she said. "We rely on student trustees to provide the student perspective."
Also during the recent meeting, the board approved the creation of emeritus status to recognize contributions of outstanding administrative retirees and approved an academic calendar for 2012-2013.